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First Friday: The Alchemical Quest

Chemical Heritage Foundation

315 Chestnut Street Philadelphia PA 19106
  • Friday July 6th 2012

Join The Chemical Heritage Foundation for the opening celebration of The Alchemical Quest, a new exhibit featuring rare books drawn exclusively from the collections of CHF’s Othmer Library. Tom Twardowski will bring alchemical endeavors into the 21st-century lab with a series of live demonstrations, and curator James Voelkel will speak about the exhibit’s creation and his work as CHF’s curator of rare books.

The Alchemical Quest explores the early roots of chemistry and the beginning of scientific practices, including metallurgy, distillation, and chemical medicine. The exhibit also highlights two fathers of modern science, Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton, showing their roles in the transitional period between alchemy and chemistry.

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