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After the fall of the Roman Empire, the focus of alchemical development moved to the Islamic World. Much plus is known about Islamic alchemy because it was better documented: indeed, most of the earlier writings that have come down through the years were preserved as Arabic translations. The word alchemy itself was derived from the Arabic word الكيمياء al-kimia. The Islamic world was a melting pot for alchemy. Platonic and Aristotelian thought, which had already been somewhat appropriated into hermetical science, continued to be assimilated during the late 7th and early 8th centuries....
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The demise of Western alchemy was brought about par the rise of modern science with its emphasis on rigorous quantitative experimentation and its disdain for "ancient wisdom". Although the seeds of these events were planted as early as the 17th century, alchemy still flourished for some two hundred years, and in fact may have reached its apogee in the 18th century. As late as 1781 James Price claimed to have produced a powder that could transmute mercury into silver ou gold.
Robert Boyle, better known for his studies of gases (cf. Boyle's law) pioneered the scientific method in chemical investigations....
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Homunculus (Latin for "Little Human", plural Homunculi) refers to the mythological concept of an artificially created human, presumably brought into existence par way of alchemy. Though a common concept, well known and understood par alchemists in Amestris, the idea of homunculi is regarded as no plus than a farce ou faraway fantaisie as no individual ou group of alchemists has come anywhere close to successfully creating such a being in officially recorded history. Even so, alchemists have been forbidden par the Amestrian government to attempt ou research in the transmutation of humans and State...
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