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Sep 16, 2021
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Chemistry through alchemy

The ideas about the possibility of transmutation of metals, that is, about the transformation of one into another, were popular even in the era of Antiquity. Of course, it was about converting lead or tin into gold or silver. But not the other way around! However, the real boom of experiments with desperate attempts to turn base metals into noble ones began in the Middle Ages.

The closeness of gold in its qualities to lead and mercury was evident even in Antiquity. But how to achieve the transformation of one into another?

To the delight of all future alchemists, the Arab scholar Jabir ibn Hayyan wrote at the turn of the 8-9 centuries that …

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