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What is the diffrience between chemistry and alchemy?

  1. Dec 11, 2006 #1
    What is the diffrience between chemistry and alchemy
     
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  3. Dec 11, 2006 #2

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    My knowledge of chemistry is by no means expert, however I would say that Chemistry is the study of atoms and molecules, whereas alchemy is focused on attempting to change base metals into gold.
     
  4. Dec 11, 2006 #3
    Alchemy was the precursor of chemistry, which was a mixture of magic, philosophy, mysticism, and science. It was more complex than turning base metals into gold. They had a lot of wrong ideas, but they got a lot right too, and laid the foundation for modern chemistry.

    http://www.levity.com/alchemy/index.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alchemy
     
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