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" That there abides in nature a certain pure matter, which, being discovered and brought by art to perfection, converts to itself proportionally all imperfect bodies that it touches. "
Elementary Chemistry - Page 11
by Matthew Moncrieff Pattison Muir, Charles Slater - 1887 - 368 pages
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The Story of the Chemical Elements

Matthew Moncrieff Pattison Muir - Chemistry - 1901 - 196 pages
...unchanged. In chapter I. I quoted from an alchemist who said; "There abides in nature a certain form of matter which, being discovered and brought by art to perfection, converts to itself, proportionally, all imperfect bodies that it touches." I shall conclude this chapter by quoting from...
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The Alchemist

Ben Jonson - 1903 - 373 pages
...the end in view, how is it to be attained? I quote again: 'There abides in nature a certain form of matter which, being discovered and brought by art to perfection, converts to itself, proportionally, all imperfect bodies that it touches V This was a fundamental proposition in alchemy....
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Yale Studies in English, Volume 17

1903
...the end in view, how is it to be attained ? I quote again: ' There abides in nature a certain form of matter which, being discovered and brought by art to perfection, converts to itself, proportionally, all imperfect bodies that it touches V This was a fundamental proposition in alchemy....
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The New Knowledge: A Popular Account of the New Physics and the New ...

Robert Kennedy Duncan - Astrophysics - 1905 - 263 pages
...changing forms of matter are but a superficial manifestation. " There abides in nature a certain form of matter which being discovered and brought by art to perfection, converts to itself all imperfect bodies that it touches." This is a saying of the ancient alchemy, and it constitutes...
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A History of Chemical Theories and Laws

Matthew Moncrieff Pattison Muir - Chemistry - 1906 - 555 pages
...particular qualities of some substances than those of others. "There abides in nature a certain form of matter which, being discovered and brought by art to perfection, converts to itself, proportionally, all imperfect bodies that it touches." What Berthelot says of this doctrine is true...
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Alchemy Rediscovered and Restored

A. Cochren - 2001 - 158 pages
...Speculum ' of Arnaud de Villeneuve come these words : ' There is in Nature a certain fine essence, which being discovered and brought by art to perfection...proportionately all imperfect bodies that it touches,' so that the first matter of all metals and substances is a fixed something altered by the diversities...
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The Forge and the Crucible: The Origins and Structure of Alchemy

Mircea Eliade - Philosophy - 1978 - 238 pages
...capacity to transmute metals into gold. In the words of Arnold of Villanova, 'there abides in Nature a certain pure matter which, being discovered and brought by Art to perfection, converts to itself all imperfect bodies that it touches' (quoted by J. Read, op. cit., p. 119). Here then, very much alive,...
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From Alchemy to Chemistry

John Read - Science - 1995 - 206 pages
...at about the opening of the fourteenth century, in the following words: 'That there abides in Nature a certain pure matter, which, being discovered and brought by Art to perfection, converts to itself proportionally all imperfect bodies that it touches.' The idea had originated long before that time:...
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Alchemy Rediscovered and Restored

A. Cockren - Body, Mind & Spirit - 1999 - 156 pages
...Villeneuve come thesewords i * There is in Nature a certain fine essence, wnich being discerned and DTc<ight by art to perfection converts to itself proportionately all imperfect bodies that it touches.' so that the first matter of all metals and substances is a fixed something altered by the diversities...
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elementary chemistry

George Fownes - Chemistry - 1845 - 460 pages
...brought about the change of water to earth ; hot iron, the change of water into -the matter of fire'; aquafortis, the change of iron into copper. There...satisfying reality. Let us return to experiment. Let a%mall weighed quantity of magnesium be burnt in air under conditions such that the whole of the magnesia...
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