What is alchemy?

  • (noun): A pseudoscientific forerunner of chemistry in medieval times.
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Alchemy is an influential philosophical tradition whose early practitioners' claims to profound powers were known from antiquity. The defining objectives of alchemy are varied; these include the creation of the fabled philosopher's stone possessing powers including the capability of turning base metals into the noble metals gold or silver, as well as an elixir of life conferring youth and longevity. Western alchemy is recognized as a protoscience that contributed to the development of modern chemistry and medicine. Alchemists developed a framework of theory, terminology, experimental process and basic laboratory techniques that are still recognizable today. But alchemy differs from modern science in the inclusion of Hermetic principles and practices related to mythology, religion, and spirituality.

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... Alchemy was laid down on 8 June 1942 at Tampa, Florida, by the Tampa Shipbuilding Co ... On the same day that she was completed, Alchemy was turned over to the Soviet Navy under the terms of the lend-lease program ... Alchemy was carried on the American Navy List as MSF-141 after 7 February 1955, until struck on 1 January 1983 ...
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... known as a child prodigy for his exceptional knowledge in alchemy, partly due to his witnessing of the Gate ... Alphonse as an Alchemist in that he gained the ability, after witnessing the Gate, to perform Alchemy without the aid of a transmutation circle ... Regardless, the brothers' knowledge of Alchemy remained fairly equal throughout the entire series ...
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... playthrough, the core events will still remain the same (taking alchemy classes and school events), though the jobs available may slightly differ ... (アルレビス学園 Aru-Rebisu Gakuen), a famous alchemy school which used to be floating, separated from the Lower World (where ordinary humans live) ... of students and teachers and resumes its activities in teaching alchemy ...
Alchemy in Art and Entertainment
... Main article Alchemy in art and entertainment Alchemy has had a long standing relationship with art, seen both in alchemical texts and in mainstream entertainment ... Literary alchemy appears throughout the history of British literature from Shakespeare to J ... Visual artists had a similar relationship with alchemy ...

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