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Gehennical Fire: The Lives of George Strakey, an American Alchemist in the Scientific Revolution

Biography / Memoir

By: W Newman

320 pages, 14 halftones

Harvard University Press

Hardback | Jan 1995 | #35011 | ISBN: 0674341716
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Although virtually unknown today, Starkey, a chemist, was America's most widely read and celebrated scientist before Benjamin Franklin. This book is a fascinating account of a man who was much more than just a scientist, and whose writings were admired by Liebniz and Newton.


Acknowledgments A Note on Terminology Introduction 1. Starkey in America 2. Arcana Maiora: The Hartlib Years (1650-1654) 3. The Background to Starkey's Chymistry 4. Revelation and Concealment: The Writings of Philalethes 5. A Sonne of Contention: 1655-1665 6. Philalethes in Context 7. Isaac Newton and Eirenaeus Philalethes Appendix I. Starkey's Addresses in England, 1650-1665 Appendix II. An Autobiographical Note by George Starkey Appendix III. Missing Starkey Manuscripts Appendix IV. Robert Boyle's "Excuses of Philaletha" Appendix V. A Bibliography of Starkey's Writings Abbreviations Notes Index

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