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In the Beginning: Sources of Alchemy and Chemistry

  • 2013-03-16
  • Clare Hall, Cambridge UK
Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (SHAC) General Meeting (Spring): ‘In the Beginning: Sources of Alchemy and Chemistry’
Clare Hall, Cambridge

This year, the Society launches Sources of Alchemy and Chemistry, a new series of supplements to Ambix. These will offer critical editions and English translations of important works in the history of chemistry, including works composed in Greek, Syriac, Arabic, Hebrew and Latin. These editions will showcase the best and most up-to-date scholarship on early chemical writings, offering new insight into the origins of alchemy, chemistry and chemical technology. To mark the occasion, the SHAC Spring Meeting will explore new work in these fields, using sources that are not yet available in modern editions.

Introduction: Lawrence M. Principe (Johns Hopkins University)

Session 1: Alchemy in the Graeco-Roman and Islamic Worlds
  • Matteo Martelli (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), ‘Hippocrates alchemicus’
  • Gabriele Ferrario (Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit, Cambridge), ‘Judaeo-Arabic alchemy in the Cairo Genizah’
Session 2: Alchemy in the Latin West

Chair: Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute)
  • Sébastien Moureau (Université catholique de Louvain), title tbc
  • Jennifer Rampling (University of Cambridge), ‘Plotting the future of medieval alchemy’

Reflections: Roundtable discussion

To register, please contact the SHAC Hon. Secretary, Dr Anna Marie Roos: .
Registration is £10 (£6 for students and SHAC members).

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