Meaning of Alchemy

What is Alchemy:

Alchemy are the experiences of chemical phenomena that precede the scientific method. The goal of alchemy was knowledge about the transmutation of matter, mixed with motivations considered religious or esoteric.

The most accepted theory about the etymological origin of the word alchemy is that which is formed with the Arabic prefix to the- and the Greek word khyma which means "mixture or fusion of liquids".

Alchemy as a precursor to the chemical, physical and astronomical knowledge that we know today, is said to have reached its peak in Alexandria where the knowledge of the philosophy of the Ancient Greeks with the technology of the Ancient Egyptians is united.

The alchemy known as the first chemical experiences with metals harbored esoteric motivations like all the knowledge acquired until then.

The heliocentric theory of the Polish Nicholas Copernicus (1473-1543) in 1543 demystifies in front of the Christian church, for example, the Earth as the center of the Universe.

Interestingly, it was only in 1661, when the Irish alchemist Robert Boyle (1627-1691) introduced the scientific method that we use today in his work "The Skeptic Chemist", that alchemy began to be replaced by the scientific method.

When the scientific method is established as the research methodology for all scientific investigations, alchemy disappears while maintaining chemical science, just as the astronomy of astrology is also born.

Today, the word alchemy is used when it refers to a real experience but with touches of magic, such as the alchemy of love.

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