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Newton the Alchemist$
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William Newman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691174877

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691174877.001.0001

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Flowers of Lead

Flowers of Lead

Newton and the Alchemical Florilegium

(p.209) Ten Flowers of Lead
Newton the Alchemist

William R. Newman

Princeton University Press

This chapter considers the middle period of Newton's long alchemical endeavor. It focuses his adoption of the florilegium genre in Keynes 35, which marks an important turning point in his alchemical career. Specifically, it examines the first three chapters of Keynes 35, the ones that deal with finding and extracting the ingredients of the philosophers' stone. The final two chapters, “On the Doubled Mercury” and “On Extracting the Living Gold and Conjoining it in the Hour of its Birth”, carry Newton into the higher reaches of alchemical speculation and have less intersection with his actual laboratory practice.

Keywords:   Isaac Newton, florilegium, Keynes 35, alchemy, philosophers' stone

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