What is alchemy?

Alchemy is an ancient practice that can be considered in part as a precursor to chemistry. The word alchemy comes from the Arabic al-kimiyya, which in turn probably comes from Greek. The core concepts in alchemy revolve around transmutation of one substance into another, usually a base metal such as lead or iron into a “noble” metal such as silver or gold. The main three intentions of the alchemist were to find the Stone of Knowledge (The Philosophers’ Stone), to discover the medium of Eternal Youth and Health, and to discover the transmutation of metals.

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