The Story of Alchemy and the Beginnings of Chemistry


Read by Peter Yearsley

(4.5 stars; 84 reviews)

A light journey through the history of chemistry, from its start in the obscure mysteries of alchemy to what was, for the author, the cutting edge of the development of modern atomic theory ... and whose developing blind ends we can now see with the advantage of hind sight. (Summary by Peter Yearsley) (5 hr 11 min)

Reviews


(5 stars)

Very interesting history. Highly recommended for chemists (!) who are looking for an amusing perspective on 2000 years of gestation of their field. Peter Yearsley is my favorite reader. He is articulate, wry, and selects great and unusual books long forgotten.

Good book, good recording


(4 stars)

I had never heard of this book before and enjoyed it a lot. If you're interested in the history of pseudoscience and real science, it's fascinating and offers insight into why people believe absurd things. I found parts of it a little repetitive, however. The British-sounding male reader has a nice voice and gives a fine, listenable reading. My only complaint is that, when reading silly quotations from self-proclaimed alchemists, he sometimes exaggerates their silliness. But that's a matter of taste and no doubt other listeners will find it delightful.

Surprisingly good


(5 stars)

Started listening to that book thinking it would be so boring It would help me fall asleep. Boy oh boy, was I wrong. Excellent book if you're ever so slightly into the history of science. Very accessible. Top notch reader as well.


(4 stars)

nicely read - as clear as possible an introductory exposition alcamy as a cognitive quandary


(5 stars)

really nice recording, very pleasant to listen to!

Classic Treasure


(5 stars)

worth a listen and a ponder.

Excellent


(5 stars)

Just amazing, love the new knowledge.

Good book and recording


(5 stars)

Really enjoyed it