Gehennical Fire

The Lives of George Starkey, an American Alchemist in the Scientific Revolution

William R. Newman

Gehennical Fire
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William R. Newman

390 pages | 20 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 1994, 2002
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780226577142 Published February 2003
Both the quest for natural knowledge and the aspiration to alchemical wisdom played crucial roles in the Scientific Revolution, as William R. Newman demonstrates in this fascinating book about George Starkey (1628-1665), America's first famous scientist. Beginning with Starkey's unusual education in colonial New England, Newman traces out his many interconnected careers—natural philosopher, alchemist, chemist, medical practitioner, economic projector, and creator of the fabulous adept, "Eirenaeus Philalethes." Newman reveals the profound impact Starkey had on the work of Isaac Newton, Robert Boyle, Samuel Hartlib, and other key thinkers in the realm of early modern science.
Contents
Acknowledgments
A Note on Terminology
Foreword, 2002
Introduction
1 Starkey in America
2 Arcan Maiora: The Hartlib Years (1650-1654)
3 The Background to Starkey's Chymistry
4 Revelation and Concealment: The Writings of Philaleths
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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