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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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The Warden of the Mint and His Alchemical Associates

The Warden of the Mint and His Alchemical Associates

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Newton the Alchemist

William R. Newman

Princeton University Press

Fatio was not the only chymist with whom Newton collaborated in his maturity. After his move to London in 1696, Newton was evidently approached by the obscure “Captain Hylliard,” who wrote a brief alchemical manifesto that the now famous intellectual and Mint official copied. This chapter provides an extensive analysis of the episode with Hylliard and describes Newton's extended collaboration with the Dutch distiller William Yworth, which also took place after Newton's move to London. Beyond casting new light on the processes behind Yworth's Processus mysterii magni and linking them to Newton's late florilegia, the chapter also uses a recently discovered manuscript in the Royal Society archives to show that the document actually contains the record of a live interview between Newton and Yworth.

Keywords:   Isaac Newton, chymist, alchemy, scientific collaboration, Captain Hylliard, William Yworth, lorilegia

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