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I think Albert Einstein was best at math.
Wasn't Newton's alchemy simply early chemistry. Alchemy sounded like nonsense because of the strange allegorical way in which alchemists described their work but once you get past the Mars = Iron and Saturn = lead etc it was pretty good science for it's day and it is pretty easy to see why some of the compounds they produced would have seemed like magic to them.From the list, I'd also have to go with Gauss.
I think Newton would have been "the ultimate" if he didn't spend so much time on alchemy and junk.
Indirectly perhapsDid Newton get anywhere with it, though? I don't recall ever hearing of him accomplishing anything with his study in Alchemy (or whatever you want to call it).
http://www.alchemylab.com/isaac_newton.htmSir Isaac Newton, the famous seventeenth-century mathematician and scientist, though not generally known as an alchemist, practiced the art with a passion. Though he wrote over a million words on the subject, after his death in 1727, the Royal Society deemed that they were "not fit to be printed." The papers were rediscovered in the middle of the twentieth century and most scholars now concede that Newton was first an foremost an alchemist. It is also becoming obvious that the inspiration for Newton's laws of light and theory of gravity came from his alchemical work.