History of Alchemy Podcast

A look at the history of alchemy and it's influence on science.

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      Introducing Tides of History


      History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme, said Mark Twain. From the fall of the Roman Empire to the rise of the modern world: history ebbs and flows over the centuries, driven by great tides of economic, social, political, religious, and cultural change that shape the world and everyone who lives on it. In this new series from Wondery, PhD historian Patrick Wyman (Fall of Rome) brings the cutting edge of that history to listeners in plain, relatable English. Premieres July 20th.


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      23m
       2017-07-22

      Episode 79: Biblical Figures as Alchemists


      To properly understand several alchemical references, we need to look at a source all alchemists were familiar with: the Bible. This gives a big piece of the puzzle to understanding the world as alchemist saw things.


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      1h8m
       2017-01-21

      Episode 78: Year 4 of Alchemy


      Despite our slacking of late, we've gotten a ton of new listeners, so we welcome the new curious minds, thank our faithful and patient listeners. We also review the year, look at the alchemy projects in the works, and things to come. Find all projects and contact information for Pete and Travis at http://podcastnik.com


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      24m
       2017-01-14

      Episode 77: Sir Francis Bacon


      One of the so-called “Fathers of the Modern Scientific Method” also still believed in the principles of alchemy. Like, a lot. Sir Francis Bacon made it all the way to Chancellor of England. Some say he even gave Shakespeare a hand. http://historyofalchemy.com (http://historyofalchemy.com/) for more topics


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      1h6m
       2016-11-20

      Episode 76: Abufalah, Soul Dust, and making a Basilisk


      Abufalah relates a great tale of Solomon and how he demonstrates his knowledge of the philosopher's stone to the queen of Sheeba. Plus we tell you how to make a Basilisk.


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      59m
       2016-02-27

      Episode 75: Robert Olsen and I Meet Again


      Robert Olsen and I did an AMA together on reddit's /r/AskHistorians. The AMA was its own episode (Episode 20). It was great to pick the guy's brain and just chat alchemy after two years. And yes, this one is 2:40 mins long. We had a ton of fun, but don't forget there's a pause button. The AMA itself is here: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskHistorians/comments/1bkyi9/wednesday_ama_magic_alchemy_and_the_occult/


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      2h50m
       2016-02-09

      HoA: Andreas Libavius


      Andreas Libavius was a Golden Age alchemist who brings us a step closer to modern chemistry—but still defended the possibility of transmutation.


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      51m
       2016-01-19

      Inside the Secret Cabinet Podcast with der Buddler


      What's it like being a history podcaster in Germany? Today we take a break from alchemy and celebrate the launch of the Secret Cabinet Podcast in English, and since I also do a podcast in German, we compare notes on the differences in German and English podcast scenes. Der Buddler (German for "the digger") works in the Martin Luther house in Wittenberg, and was a great help with the Faust episode, as well as being interviewed for the History of Germany podcast on Martin Luther's 95 thesis...


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      51m
       2015-08-29

      The Illusion: Alchemy Reborn Through the Occult Revival


      How did alchemy get to be where it is today? How exactly did it change from it's death to now? This is the meta historiographic episode: history of the history of alchemy. We've often talked about the bias of alchemy through the occult revival. But now let's talk about the occult revival directly.


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      26m
       2015-08-15

      Episode 71: Interview with Tim Wilkerson, Author of Alchemy Astrology Handbook


      Tim Wilkerson is author of the Alchemy Astrology Handbook, has a related blog, and even a calendar for helping out with alchemy. If you catch him in time, he'll be teaching herbal alchemy at the Midwest Herb Fest and School. Tim will also be speaking at the International Alchemy Guild's Rocky Mountain Alchemy Conference Summer 2016, in Denver. It was a privilege to have our first alchemist on the show :) (see http://historyofalchemy.com for links to the above)


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      32m
       2015-08-12