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The Concept of Alchemy According to Paracelsus and Francis Bacon
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In this paper, I will explain the perspectives of Paracelsus and Francis Bacon in the practice of alchemy and its importance in the birth of modern science. Although both men were not practicing alchemists, they did show interest in the subject. According to texts collated by Malcom Oster, Paracelsus took a defensive stance on the practice of alchemy. Conversely, in Novum Organum Bacon proved to be a staunch empiricist and emphasized that theory should be founded through observation and experimentation. The central points of this paper will focus on the purpose of Paracelsus and Bacon in discussing alchemy. The concept of knowledge which arise from their writing will also be explored.
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