From Alchemy to Chemistry
The Origins of Today's "Central Science"
A quest for purity
to find the “elixir of life” (it was thought that this magical elixir would bring wealth, health, and immortality);to find or make a substance called the “philosopher’s stone,” which when heated and combined with “base” (nonprecious metals such as copper and iron) would turn it into gold, thought to be the highest and purest form of matter; andto discover the relationship of humans to the cosmos and use that understanding to improve the human spirit.
The central science
Roots in the ancient world
Alchemy after the Middle Ages
A new framework
Chemical questions: Our best hope for tomorrow
University of California–San Francisco biochemists identified a memory-boosting chemical in mice, which might one day be used in humans to improve memory.Cheaper clean-energy technologies could be made possible thanks to a new discovery by a professor of chemistry at Penn State University.The Duke Cancer Institute found that an osteoporosis drug stopped the growth of breast cancer cells, even in resistant tumors.