Transmutation of metals

Related to Transmutation of metals: transmutations
(Alchem.) the conversion of base metals into gold or silver, a process often attempted by the alchemists. See Alchemy, and Philosopher's stone, under Philosopher.

See also: Transmutation

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Unbelieving Philosophers who were remodelling the world with words, and making card-towers of Babel to scale the skies with, talked with Unbelieving Chemists who had an eye on the transmutation of metals, at this wonderful gathering accumulated by Monseigneur.
But the perplexity among philosophers about how sand and other elements became glass was a factor in the belief in the transmutation of metals, including lead into gold.
In 1597 and again in 1606, German physician Andreas Libavius published the laboratory text, Alchemia, a scholarly work in academic Latin that expanded the processes of chemistry to include medicines, oils, and dyes, as well as the transmutation of metals. (73) In the first few pages, he lists al-Razi among his many sources, probably one of the last chemists to do so.
It may seem curious that alchemy - a pre-modern chemical philosophy involving the transmutation of metals - has proved a compelling subject for twentieth-century poets.
The topics weren't completely forbidden, because "some of the impossible things of today may become possible tomorrow." Indeed, the transmutation of metals, long-range weather forecasting, and drugs for curing obesity have moved from Davis' list into serious scientific, and thus journalistic, consideration.
He promises large returns from transmutation of metals, astrological prophecies, physical nostrums, or whatever seems most likely to entrap his victims.