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Annual Richmond Lecture on History & Philosophy of Science

This message was sent to Students, Faculty, and Staff on April 03, 2013 by Krista M. Birch, Oakley Ctr for Human & Soc Sci.

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Annual Richmond Lecture on History & Philosophy of Science "Alchemy's Secrets Revealed," by Lawrence Principe of Johns Hopkins University. Monday, April 8, at 6:30 pm in Griffin 3. MORE: http://web.williams.edu/messages/show.php?id=23859 from Krista M. Birch, Oakley Ctr for Human & Soc Sci
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Alchemy was a complex and widespread practice, covering several philosophical traditions, and spanning some four millennia and three continents. Yet today it is widely remembered only for the quest of the philosophers' stone to change base metals into gold and the search for the elixir of life. In his Richmond Lecture address, Professor Lawrence Principe will elucidate the true nature of alchemical practice in the 17th century, illustrating how it was neither magic nor foolish, and recognizing its contributions to present-day practices of chemistry and medicine. He will also discuss the socially and politically-motivated (but not scientifically-driven) vilification of transmutation by the administrators of the French Academy, its disappearance from the public scene and persistence in secret. Lawrence Principe is Drew Professor of the Humanities at the Johns Hopkins University in the Department of History of Science and Technology and the Department of Chemistry. He also currently serves as director of the Singleton Center for the Study of Pre-modern Europe at Johns Hopkins, where he teaches courses on the history of science at the time of the scientific revolution and earlier. He is the first recipient of the Francis Bacon Medal, awarded annually by the California Institute of Technology, for significant contributions in the field of the history and philosophy of science and technology. The Annual Richmond Lecture is made possible by an endowment founded by Don Richmond, a former Williams College professor of mathematics.

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