David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Arabic Sciences and Philosophy 12 (1):139-153 (2002)
The present article is devoted to two issues. The first is the identification of lead and tin in medieval Arabic alchemy. The second is the investigation of whether Arabic alchemists differentiate between these problematic substances or not. These two issues are investigated in the light of a comparison which is made between the facts that are stated about the two problematic substances in the original Arabic alchemical works and those stated in modern chemical literature. It is proved that Arabic alchemists made a sharp distinction between lead and tin. Also, it becomes clear that these two metals were used in a satisfactory purity in the era of medieval Arabic alchemy. As a consequence of the present study, some conclusions are drawn about the existence of some categories of ‘derivatives’ of fusible bodies in Arabic alchemy which are degenerate to modern categories of oxides, carbonates, etc.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Ali Moussa (2010). The Trigonometric Functions, as They Were in the Arabic-Islamic Civilization. Arabic Sciences and Philosophy 20 (1):93-104.
John Glucker (1979). Dimitri Gutas: Greek Wisdom Literature in Arabic Translation. A Study of the Graeco-Arabic Gnomologia. (American Oriental Series, 60.) Pp. X + 504; 3 Fascimiles of Arabic MSS. New Haven, Conn.: American Oriental Society, 1975. Paper. [REVIEW] The Classical Review 29 (01):167-168.
A. C. Mattar (1973). The Arabic Language and the Present Conditions and Prospects for the Future of the Arabic-Speaking World. Diogenes 21 (83):64-76.
Malcom C. Lyons (2002). Poetic Quotations in the Arabic Version of Aristotle's Rhetoric. Arabic Sciences and Philosophy 12 (2):197-216.
Leila Behrens (1999). Qualities, Objects, Sorts, and Other Treasures: Gold-Digging in English and Arabic. Kölnuniversität Zu Köln, Institut Für Sprachwissenschaft.
Peter Adamson & Richard C. Taylor (eds.) (2005). The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy. Cambridge University Press.
Amos Bertolacci (2005). On the Arabic Translations of Aristotle's Metaphysics. Arabic Sciences and Philosophy 15 (2):241-275.
Bassam I. El-eswed (2006). Spirits: The Reactive Substances in Jabir's Alchemy. Arabic Sciences and Philosophy 16 (1):71-90.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads13 ( #189,488 of 1,724,888 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #268,597 of 1,724,888 )
How can I increase my downloads?