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A History of Science
Williams 
Tome I
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Tome III Tome IV

Book 2, chapter VI
Two pseudo-sciences: Alchemy and Astrology
Williams
In recent chapters we have seen science come forward with tremendous strides. A new era is obviously at hand. 

But we shall misconceive the spirit of the times if we fail to understand that in the midst of all this progress there was still room for mediaeval superstition and for the pursuit of fallacious ideals. 

Two forms of pseudo-science were peculiarly prevalent - alchemy and astrology. Neither of these can with full propriety be called a science, yet both were pursued by many of the greatest scientific workers of the period. 

Moreover, the studies of the alchemist may with some propriety be said to have laid the foundation for the latter-day science of chemistry; while astrology was closely allied to astronomy, though its relations to that science are not as intimate as has sometimes been supposed.


 

 

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