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Alchemy essentially morphed into chemistry

  1. Mar 24, 2003 #1

    arivero

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    15 Jun 2002, I did in sci.skeptic a post that can be of interest in this forum.
    As well as a physical remark:
    (here, I should add that Hg201-->Au197 is exotermic by itself, just it happens that spontaneus emission of cold alpha particles has a very very very low probability)
     
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  4. Mar 24, 2003 #3

    russ_watters

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    Alchemy essentially morphed into chemistry with the industrial revolution. Though radioactive decay is similar (but not the same) as transmutation, I'd say the alchemists of ancient times just got lucky. Alchemy doesn't exist today.
     
  5. Mar 31, 2003 #4
    Apparently (according to my old Tensors professor) Newton spent a good deal of his life as an Alchemist which is why a lot of people got very worried when he became the master of the mint :)
     
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