A Brief History of Alchemy, Pseudoscience, and Transmutations, from Ancient China to Craig Venter | Brain Pickings →
If for no other reason, including Craig Venter in the list of of alchemists / transmutists (?) is worth an acknowledgement.
As if you need another reason to love Lapham’s Quarterly … here’s aBrain Pickings exclusive from the summer edition of the magazine, titled Magic Shows and exploring “all things magical, around the globe and throughout time” — a visual history of alchemy (and pseudoscience) through famous transmutations, real ones and shams, from cinnabar to gold in 133 B.C. China to artificial meat in the present-day Netherlands.