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Entrepreneurial Alchemy

in Alchemy and Authority in the Holy Roman Empire

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780226608563
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226608570 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226608570.003.0004
Entrepreneurial Alchemy

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This chapter examines the history of the emergence of entrepreneurial alchemy. It suggests that the alchemists' practical expertise in the extraction and refinement of precious metals made them valuable advisers in the waning years of the sixteenth century to an extent that has not yet been fully appreciated. The chapter also explains how alchemy became attractive to political and financial elites, not just as an idea, but also as a technology.

Keywords: entrepreneurial alchemy; precious metals; political elites; financial elites; technology

Chapter.  9742 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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