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Alchemy
E. J. Holmyard
0486262987
April 1990
Paperback
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Book Description
Classic study by noted scholar ranges over 2,000 years of alchemical history: ancient Greek and Chinese alchemy, alchemical apparatus, Islamic and early Western alchemy; signs, symbols, and secret terms; Paracelsus, English and Scottish alchemists, and more. Erudite, learned coverage of philosophical, religious, mystical overtones; replacement of alchemy by scientific method, much more. Illustrated.


The Literature of Alchemy and Its Religious Elements

1417935847


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Darke Hierogliphicks: Alchemy in English Literature from Chaucer to the Restoration (Studies in the English Renaissance)

0813119685


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Midwest Book Review
Darke Hierogliphicks: Alchemy In English Literature From Chaucer To The Restoration is the first comprehensive examination of the influence of alchemy in English literature from the late Middle Ages through the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It is interdisciplinary in nature, involving such fields as alchemy and hermeticism, the history of chemistry and medicine, philosophy, and literature. Darke Hierogliphicks is concerned primarily with the changing conceptions of alchemy throughout this three hundred year period, as shifting contexts for the study of literature. It is both a critical study of the use of alchemy by a large number of major and secondary writers, as well as a reference work on the topic. Darke Hierogliphicks is an impressive body of original research and a fascinate survey of a heretofore...


The Alchemy of Mirrormask
Dave McKean
0060823798
Nov 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description

An oversized, lavishly produced book, The Alchemy of MirrorMask takes readers inside the making of the feature film and allows them to experience the creative process. Animated by Dave McKean and written by Neil Gaiman, MirrorMask combines animation and live action with a compelling storyline to take the cinematic experience to a stunning new level.

MirrorMask is the story of Helena, a fifteen-year-old girl who works for her family's circus. She juggles, sells popcorn, and longs to run away and join the "real world." Helena also dreams, and one day she wakes up to find herself in a strange new world populated by mysterious creatures…a dream world where she embarks on an amazing journey.

Each chapter in The Alchemy of MirrorMask begins with an introduction by McKean and Gaiman and then guides readers...



Mind into Matter: A New Alchemy of Science and Spirit
Fred Alan Alan Wolf
0966132769
December 2005
Paperback
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Deepak Chopra, M.D., FACP, Author of How to Know God
I consider Fred Alan Wolf one of the most important pioneers in the field of consciousness. This book could change the way you perceive the world.

Michael Toms, Co-founder, host, producer of New Dimensions Radio
Once again, physicist Fred Alan Wolf takes us on a magical mystery tour into the adventure land of science and spirit . . . both enthralling and energizing....

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Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain
Diane Ackerman
0743246748
September 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Ackerman's latest foray (after Cultivating Delight) is ostensibly about the "crowded chemistry lab" of the human brain, but fans of her writings on the natural world will find many familiar pleasures. All is not pastoral sweetness; every passage on genteel matters like tending her backyard roses has its rougher counterpart, for example, the recollection of a life-threatening accident during a Japanese bird-watching expedition. By grounding the scientific information firmly in her own experience of discovery, Ackerman invites readers to share in her learning and writing processes. The common thread she spies running through the tangible world of the evolving brain and the intangible world of emotion and memory is the "sleight of mind" that provides us with a self-identity through which we experience the world in a...


Sorcerer's Stone: A Beginner's Guide to Alchemy

0806525452


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Matter Into Feeling
Fred Alan Wolf
193049100X
July 2002
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Jean Houston, Ph.D., Philosopher, Psychologist
a book of wonders. . . reveals [how] the workings of the universe are resonant in our very bodies and souls.

Obadiah Harris, Ph.D., President of the Philosophical Research Society, Los Angeles
This synergistic work brings into visible harmony the terminology of the ancient Qabala with the current insights of quantum physics.

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The Structure of Magic: A Book About Communication and Change (Book 2)
John Grinder, Richard Bandler
0831400498
August 1975
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Secrets of Nature: Astrology and Alchemy in Early Modern Europe
William R. Newman (Editor)
0262640627
March 2006
Paperback
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Review
"This is an excellent volume, and one that will be a welcome addition to the library of anyone interested in the histories of alchemy and/or astrology and a necessary one to anyone working on Early Modern science." -- Daryn Lehoux, Canadian Bulletin of Medical History

Book Description
In recent years scholars have begun to acknowledge that the occult sciences were not marginal enterprises but an integral part of the worldview of many of our ancestors. Astrology was one of the many intellectual tools--along with what we consider to be the superior tools of social and political analysis--that Renaissance thinkers used to attack practical and intellectual problems. It was a coherent body of practices, strongly supported by social institutions. And alchemy was not viewed primarily as a...


Alchemy
Margaret Mahy
0689850549
August 2004
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 8 Up-This book can be read on several levels. As a story of magical powers, alchemy, and spirits, it may attract readers looking for a suspenseful thriller. But it can also be read as a metaphor, cautioning of the dangers of denying one's true self. Outwardly, Roland, 17, appears to have everything-popularity, good grades, and a terrific girlfriend. But he also has a strange, recurring dream and hears inner voices warning him away from something he does not understand. Then, inexplicably, he shoplifts some inconsequential items from a local store. A teacher confronts him with his crime and makes an odd proposal: he will tell no one of the incident if Roland will find out what is going on in the life of classmate Jess Ferret. As Roland begins to investigate her, he learns that his terrifying dream is...


Cards of Alchemy
Raymond Buckland
0738700533
Oct 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Drawing upon centuries of alchemical symbolism and occult correspondences, this deck is designed as a powerful tool for spiritual renewal and personal transformation. Use the cards for solving problems, finding a new direction, divination, or meditation. Created by Raymond Buckland, bestselling author and leading authority on the occult, the Cards of Alchemy are catalysts for positive change in all areas of your life. Each of the fifty cards also features keywords, and astrological correspondences to complement and enhance the layers of meaning embedded within each card. The accompanying guidebook includes detailed interpretations for each card, several card layouts, and suggestions for creating an ongoing practice. Transform yourself into a spiritual alchemist in the laboratory of your life.

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Unlimited Wealth : The Theory and Practice of Economic Alchemy
Paul Zane Pilzer
0517582112
January 9, 1991
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Pilzer's upbeat, jargon-coining manual is a mix of questionable assertions, glib pop economic analysis and sweeping proposals, some on-target. His "theory of alchemy" holds that we live in a world of unlimited economic resources, circumscribed only by our inability to take advantage of the best technology available for a given production problem. "Alchemists" devise new goods or new services, orchestrating change and exploiting technological gaps. The author, adjunct professor of finance at New York University, has served as an adviser to the Reagan and Bush administrations. His proposals for a restructuring of public and private education (including government tuition grants to every child) and for a national child-care program seem at once far-reaching and impractical. He also recommends a flexible immigration...


The Bar
Oliver Said
1580086829
Sept 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
In a dynamic and fun-to-read format, THE BAR omprehensively profiles the hundreds of varieties of spirits essential to any bartender ’s repertoire. Restaurateur Olivier Said and food writer James Mellgren outline the historical background of each spirit, how it is produced, and how best to enjoy it. This bar book, however, is not just a compilation of recipes but an erudite romp through the history of spirits, from the perspective of two veteran bartenders who have tended bar in more than 12 establishments, spanning seven cities in three countries between them. THE BAR will educate, inspire, and amuse both professional and home bartenders who want to better understand the alchemy and the traditions behind their favorite cocktails.

From the Publisher
A boldly designed guide...


The Devil's Doctor : Paracelsus and the World of Renaissance Magic and Science
Philip Ball
0374229791
April 18, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. If one really wants to understand the contradictions and "intellectual ferment" of the 16th century, says Ball, one should look not at Luther or Copernicus, but at the much-maligned Paracelsus. Born in Switzerland in 1493, Philip Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, aka Paracelsus, is a figure often more imagined than known. Famous as a doctor of alchemic medicine, he has been compared with Faust and developed a reputation as a miracle worker and charlatan that only grew after his death in 1543. Ball, author of the prize-winning Critical Mass, mixes scant biographical detail with a wide-ranging evocation of the Renaissance worldview to create a fascinating portrait of the man, his age and his historical reputation. Forays into ancient, medieval and Islamic medicine, academic rivalries, the...


The Dictionary of Alchemy: History, People, Definitions
Diana Fernando
1843336189
March 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Floating somewhere between science and philosophy, alchemy is experiencing a revival in interest, spurred in part by the striking realization that particle physics and quantum mechanics are chasing the very questions of fabric, form and chaos that lie at the heart of alchemy. Drawing on original material from Arabic and Kabalistic sources, and peppered with 160 illustrations, this compendium of alchemical thought features more than 500 entries on every aspect of the alchemist's experience, from terminology to materials and procedures, historical alchemists to the arcane texts of antiquity.


The Last Sorcerers
Richard Morris
0309095077
Apr 2005
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Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs
Scott Cunningham
0875421229
April 2000
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The Alchemy of Finance (Wiley Investment Classics)
Paul A. Volcker (Foreword), George Soros
0471445495
July 29, 2003
Paperback
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Review
“…contains a detailed description of his trading methods and repays careful reading.” (Investors Chronicle, 1st April 2005)

“…these updated classics are packed  with investment wisdom…” (What Investment, November 2003)

Book Description
New chapter by Soros on the secrets to his success along with a new Preface and Introduction.
New Foreword by renowned economist Paul Volcker
"An extraordinary . . . inside look into the decision-making process of the most successful money manager of our time. Fantastic." -The Wall Street Journal
George Soros is unquestionably one of the most powerful and profitable investors in the world today. Dubbed by BusinessWeek as "the Man who Moves Markets," Soros made...



Alchemy
Margaret Mahy
0689850530
March 2003
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 8 Up-This book can be read on several levels. As a story of magical powers, alchemy, and spirits, it may attract readers looking for a suspenseful thriller. But it can also be read as a metaphor, cautioning of the dangers of denying one's true self. Outwardly, Roland, 17, appears to have everything-popularity, good grades, and a terrific girlfriend. But he also has a strange, recurring dream and hears inner voices warning him away from something he does not understand. Then, inexplicably, he shoplifts some inconsequential items from a local store. A teacher confronts him with his crime and makes an odd proposal: he will tell no one of the incident if Roland will find out what is going on in the life of classmate Jess Ferret. As Roland begins to investigate her, he learns that his terrifying dream is...


Alchemy of Bones
Robert Loerzel
0252028589
Aug 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
On May 1, 1897, Louise Luetgert disappeared. Although no body was found, Chicago police arrested her husband Adolph, the owner of a large sausage factory, and charged him with her murder. The eyes of the world were still on Chicago following the success of the World's Columbian Exposition, and the Luetgert case, with its missing victim, once-prosperous suspect, and all manner of gruesome theories regarding the disposal of the corpse, turned into one of the first media-fueled celebrity trials in American history. Newspapers fought one another for scoops, people across the country claimed to have seen the missing woman alive, and each new clue led to fresh rounds of speculation about the crime. Meanwhile, sausage sales plummeted nationwide as rumors circulated that Luetgert had destroyed his wife's body in one of his...


Gunpowder
Jack Kelly
0465037224
May 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
When Chinese alchemists fashioned the first manmade explosion sometime during the tenth century, no one could have foreseen its full revolutionary potential. Invented to frighten evil spirits rather than fuel guns or bombs-neither of which had been thought of yet-their simple mixture of saltpeter, sulfur, and charcoal went on to make the modern world possible. As word of its explosive properties spread from Asia to Europe, from pyrotechnics to battleships, it paved the way for Western exploration, hastened the end of feudalism and the rise of the nation state, and greased the wheels of the Industrial Revolution. With dramatic immediacy, novelist and journalist Jack Kelly conveys both the distant time in which the "devil's distillate" rose to conquer the world, and brings to rousing life the eclectic cast of characters...


Distilling Knowledge: Alchemy, Chemistry, and the Scientific Revolution
Bruce T. Moran
0674014952
January 2005
Textbook Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The traditional grand narrative of the scientific revolution styles it as a decisive rejection of magic and mysticism in favor of rationality and empiricism. This engaging study of early modern science insists there was no such sharp break. Historian Moran traces the gradual evolution of alchemy to chemistry through a wide array of texts from the 15th through 18th centuries, including classical alchemical treatises, handbooks of practical alchemy, early chemistry textbooks and the writings of Newton and Boyle, both of whom considered alchemy a perfectly legitimate scientific discipline. He finds in alchemical thought intriguing precursors of modern ideas about the particulate nature of matter, the biochemical paradigm of life and disease, and Newtonian gravity. Moreover, he considers alchemy, which boasted a vast...


The Practical Handbook of Plant Alchemy : An Herbalist's Guide to Preparing Medicinal Essences, Tinctures, and Elixirs
Manfred M. Junius
0892814853
December 1, 1985
Paperback
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Review
Institute for Hermetic Studies, Mar 2006 : "Simply put, this is a classic text on plant alchemy, or spagyrics, for the modern practitioner. . . . anyone serious about learning alchemy needs to have a copy."


Book Description

An herbalist shows how to release the complete healing properties of plants by using ancient spagyric (alchemical) methods.

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Stellar Alchemy
Michel Casse
0521821827
Aug 2003
Hardcover
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Review
'... very well suited for all amateurs of astronomy and the general reader ...'. Orion
'... Cassé's interesting story about the relations between the stars and humans, and his joy in the subject, carry the reader along on a pleasant journey.' Nature
'This book is full of fascinating facts.' Astronomy & Space Magazine

Review
"Beyond general readers, advanced undergraduate science students who are not specializing in astrophysics will find this account an excellent introduction to the science of stellar nucleosynthesis, making it excellent supplementary reading. Highly recommended." Choice

"Cass^d'e's writing style, flowery and poetic and full of historical references, makes even the more technical material accessible to the general reader." Nature

"In Stellar Alchemy,...



Emotional Alchemy: How the Mind Can Heal the Heart
Tara Bennett-Goleman
0609809032
January 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
According to ancient legends, alchemists use a magical philosopher's stone to transmute lead into gold. In Emotional Alchemy, Tara Bennett-Goleman shows readers how they can use this alchemist metaphor to transform emotional confusion (lead) into insightful clarity (gold). And what does the magic stone represent? "Mindfulness," a lifelong practice that can bring readers more joy and contentment than the gold, according to Bennett-Goleman. "Mindfulness means seeing things as they are without trying to change them," she writes. "The point is to dissolve our reactions to disturbing emotions, being careful not to reject the emotion itself."

Those who have never entered this practice will find a concise and articulate teacher in Bennett-Goleman, who leads national workshops with her husband, author Daniel Goleman...



The Alchemy of Growth: Practical Insights for Building the Enduring Enterprise
Mehrdad Baghai, et al
0738203092
July 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Why do some companies come and go while others endure? According to McKinsey & Company, Inc. consultants Mehrdad Baghai, Stephen Coley, and David White, the secret to a lasting enterprise is sustained growth. In The Alchemy of Growth, the authors offer a practical guide for jumpstarting expansion and keeping it going. "Growth is a noble pursuit. It creates new jobs for the community and wealth for shareholders. It can turn ordinary companies into stimulating environments where employees find a sense of purpose in their work," they write. "Growth's transformative power is akin to the alchemy of old."

The authors describe the approaches that have succeeded in helping their corporate clients around the world to step up the pace. For instance, companies must simultaneously focus on "three horizons" critical to growth. The...


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