The Secrets of Alchemy: 
Lawrence M. Principe

Lawrence M. Principe

Lawrence M. Principe

Date: November 12, 2012
Time: 5:00 p.m. reception, 6:00 p.m. lecture

315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Event Type: Open to the Public
Fee: Free
RSVP Online: Registration Required

Alchemy has long been relegated to the realm of mystery and myth, but it is inextricably linked to chemistry’s history. In his new book, The Secrets of Alchemy, Lawrence M. Principe, one of the foremost scholars on this subject, reframes alchemy’s history and its broad influence on human culture. Delving into the stories of alchemists and the times in which they lived, Principe provides an intimate portrait of the practice of alchemy and reveals its critical place in the history of early modern Europe.

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  About the Event

This lecture complements CHF’s newest exhibit, The Alchemical Quest, which features rare alchemical books of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries drawn exclusively from the collections of CHF’s Othmer Library of Chemical History. The Alchemical Quest engages visitors in an exploration of the golden age of alchemy and encourages them to recognize alchemy as the root of modern chemistry. On display through December 7, 2012.

  Event Schedule

Monday, November 12, 2012

5:00 p.m.

Museum opens/Reception begins

6:00 p.m.

Lecture by Lawrence M. Principe

7:00 p.m.

Book signing

 Speaker Biographies

Lawrence M. Principe is the Drew Professor of the Humanities in the Department of the History of Science and Technology and the Department of Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University. He is the first recipient of the Francis Bacon Medal for significant contributions to the history of science. Principe’s research, published in several books, focuses on the late medieval and early modern periods. He is also active in studying the historical interactions of science and religion.

  Event Sponsors

Support for The Alchemical Quest and related programming has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Kathryn Hach-Darrow, and the ExxonMobil Chemical Company.

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