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Daemon
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Alchemy in the Islamic World

In the 8th century, alchemy, a pseudoscience focused on transforming base metals into gold, reached the Islamic world. Over the next several centuries, Muslim alchemists revolutionized the field, introducing scientific method into alchemical research and developing apparatuses like the alembic, still, and retort, which are still in use in laboratories today, and chemical processes such as pure distillation and filtration. Which Arab alchemist has been called "the father of chemistry"? More...
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Alchemy in the Islamic World
In the 8th century, alchemy, a pseudoscience focused on transforming base metals into gold, reached the Islamic world. Over the next several centuries, Muslim alchemists revolutionized the field, introducing scientific method into alchemical research and developing apparatuses like the alembic, still, and retort, which are still in use in laboratories today, and chemical processes such as pure distillation and filtration.
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A number of Hellenistic Greek texts on alchemy, composed from the 2nd to the 4th centuries AD, were translated into Arabic.

Aristotle formulated some ideas which, though not actually alchemical were later incorporated into the alchemical tradition. This is the reason, Aristotle figures as one of the earliest Greek authorities on the matter. Another Greek known between those admitted to the secret knowledge may recognize the name of Plato mentioned sometimes on papyri.
The most interesting part of the story I am writing here in my opinion is that concerning Zosimos. Zosimos living somewhere between 3rd and 4th century is deemed as the oldest alchemical author for whom there are uncontested treatises. He lived in Panopolis, in upper Egypt. His Arabic name (take note when he lived in Panopolis, Arabic language was not used in Egypt as official language at all) is written in various forms, including Risimus, Rusim, and Rusam. He composed a Greek encyclopaedia on alchemy comprising of many books.

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And they still haven't turned metals into gold...
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