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The swashbuckling, philosophical alchemist

If you go beyond the big names, big events version of the history of science and start looking at the fine detail, you can discover many figures both male and female, who also made, sometime significant contribution to the gradual evolution of science....
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 8 Jun 2022

The demise of the occult sciences 

In the comments Giulio asked: Will you ever (or have you already) write a detailed account on how astrology and more in general the various pseudo-sciences have been abandoned as scientific belief? I have in the past actually blogged on this topic,...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 16 Feb 2022

Occult studies towards a modern approach.

This review is very much a co-production with Dr Petra Schmidl, an expert on Islamicate occult studies, and she is in fact the lead author The last couple of decades has seen a steady increase in both the volume and the quality of the studies of the...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 2 Feb 2022

Christmas Trilogy 2021 Part 1: The evolving views of the Last of the Magicians

Some time back, it seemed that several times a year someone would post an article or a blog post on the Internet along the lines of, “Shock! Horror! Outrage! did you know that Isaac Newton was a practicing alchemist?” All the historians of science,...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 25 Dec 2021

Renaissance Science – XXIV

It might be considered rational to assume that during the period that is viewed as the precursor to the so-called scientific revolution, which is itself viewed as the birth of modern science, that the level of esotericism and the importance of the occult...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 3 Dec 2021

Tracking the alchemical gospel through Medieval and Early Modern England

This is going to be yet another of those book reviews where I start by explaining how much the history of science has changed since I first became engaged in it, in my youth. Back in the not so good old days, the so-called occult sciences we not really...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 31 Mar 2021

A flawed survey of science and the occult in the Early Modern Period

There is no shortage of good literature on the relationships between science and magic, or science and astrology, or science and alchemy during the Early Modern Period so what is new in Mark A. Waddell’s Magic, Science, and Religion in Early Modern...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 3 Mar 2021

Microscopes & Submarines

The development of #histSTM in the early decades of the Dutch Republic, or Republic of the Seven United Netherlands, to give it its correct name, was quite extraordinary. Alongside the development of cartography and globe making, the most advanced in...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 2 Sep 2020

Kepler was wot, you don’t say?

  The Guardian is making a serious bid for the year’s worst piece of #histsci reporting or as Adam Shapiro (@tryingbiology) once put it so expressively, #histsigh! The article in question has the shock, horror, sensation headline: Groundbreaking...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 10 Jul 2019

Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry Autumn Meeting

Saturday 24 November 2018The meeting will be held in Chadwick G07, UCL, Gower Street, London.For directions please visit: UCL Chadwick BuildingPROGRAMME 10.45: Registration. Please feel free to bring coffee with you. Soft drinks will be available at the...
From: The Renaissance Diary on 24 Nov 2018

Oxford Seminar in the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, 2018

The seminar, usually held each year in May-June, is being moved forward to January 2018, in order to coincide with the visit of our colleague, the distinguished historian of chemistry Professor Emeritus Bernadette Bensaude Vincent (Université...
From: The Renaissance Diary on 17 Jan 2018

Colouring & Making in Alchemy and Chemistry

The final programme and abstracts of the papers to be presented at the 7th SHAC Postgraduate Workshop are now available and attached to this email.The workshop will take place on Wednesday 26 October 2016 at Utrecht University, hosted by the ARTECHNE...
From: The Renaissance Diary on 26 Oct 2016

Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry Award Scheme 2015

Opening date: 1 March 2015Closing date for applications: 31 May 2015The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry invites applications for its award scheme for 2015. SHAC offers two types of award: support for research into the history of chemistry...
From: The Renaissance Diary on 24 May 2015

Do you believe in magic?

I’m in a bit of a quandary about this post for two different reasons. Firstly I didn’t really want to write yet another negative post at the moment and was considering various positive options when somebody drew my attention to the article that is...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 12 Feb 2015

The Renaissance Mathematicus Road Show: May 2014

  The Renaissance Mathematicus is venturing forth once again from the safe environs of his humble abode to terrorise the unsuspecting citizens of Middle Franconia with his warped views on the history of science, in the form of a public lecture.  For...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 22 May 2014

Call for Papers: Geographies of Alchemy and Chemistry (5th SHAC Postgraduate Workshop)

As the international student representative of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry and lead organizer of this year’s postgraduate workshop, I would like to draw my readers’ attention to the following call for papers. It would...

Was Will a Copernican?

The Will of the title is England’s most notorious playwright and poet, William Shakespeare, who was supposedly born 450 years ago today. The question is the central motivation for the new book by Canadian popular science writer, Dan Falk, The Science...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 23 Apr 2014

Alchemical confusion redux.

Yesterday, in my frustration with Mr Campbell’s drivel I missed another reference to Newton towards the end of his post to which Laura has drawn my attention in the comments.  Our Google expert delivers the following gem: If I have limited time I want...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 12 Feb 2014

Alchemical confusion.

On the 11th February 1144 the Hellenistic science of alchemy entered medieval Europe by way of the Islamic empire. In his translation of Liber de compositione alchemiae (Book about the composition of alchemy) Robert of Chester wrote the following: I have...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 11 Feb 2014

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The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

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