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Laboratoire et table des Raports - after 1772

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Laboratoire et table des Raports - after 1772

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Collection of natural science, astronomy and ancient technology images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

A medieval philosophy having as its asserted aims the transmutation of base metals into gold, the discovery of the panacea, and the preparation of the elixir of longevity. It was practiced in most of the ancient world, from China and India to Greece. Alchemy migrated to Egypt and was later revived in 12th-century Europe through translations of Arabic texts into Latin. Medieval European alchemists made some useful discoveries, including mineral acids and alcohol. The revival led to the development of pharmacology and to the rise of modern chemistry. The gold-making processes of alchemists were finally discredited, but not until the 19th century.

Renaissance technology is the set of European artifacts and customs which span the Renaissance period, roughly the 14th century through the 16th century. The era is marked by profound technical advancements such as the printing press, linear perspective in drawing, patent law, doubl and Bastion fortresses.

An important invention of the Renaissance was the microscope. Invented in 1590, the microscope was a major help in other scientific discoveries. The microscope uses two different lenses to bend light and enlarge images. Therefore, a person could see things that were too tiny to observe with the naked eye. In 1660, the microscope was used to study bacteria for the first time. A microscope at that time could enlarge images 270 times their normal size.

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