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The Alkahest by Honore De Balzac

Honore de Balzac

The Alkahest By Honore De Balzac - Alkahest is a hypothetical universal solvent, having the power to dissolve every other substance, including gold. It was much sought after by alchemists for what they thought would be its invaluable medicinal qualities. The name is believed to have been invented by Paracelsus from Switzerland, who modelled it on similar words taken from Arabic, such as ‘alkali’. Paracelsus' own recipe was based on caustic lime, alcohol, and carbonate of potash. He believed that this element alkahest was, in fact, the philosopher's stone.

The Alkahest By Honore De Balzac - Alkahest is a hypothetical universal solvent, having the power to dissolve every other substance, including gold. It was much sought after by alchemists for what they thought would be its invaluable medicinal qualities. The name is believed to have been invented by Paracelsus from Switzerland, who modelled it on similar words taken from Arabic, such as ‘alkali’. Paracelsus' own recipe was based on caustic lime, alcohol, and carbonate of potash. He believed that this element alkahest was, in fact, the philosopher's stone.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

The Alkahest By Honore De Balzac - Alkahest is a hypothetical universal solvent, having the power to dissolve every other substance, including gold. It was much sought after by alchemists for what they thought would be its invaluable medicinal qualities. The name is believed to have been invented by Paracelsus from Switzerland, who modelled it on similar words taken from Arabic, such as ‘alkali’. Paracelsus' own recipe was based on caustic lime, alcohol, and carbonate of potash. He believed that this element alkahest was, in fact, the philosopher's stone.

Language:

English

Length:

7h 13m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

24:55


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

28:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

25:25


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

14:48


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

17:11


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

26:27


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

27:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

29:12


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

25:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

24:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

14:45


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

15:14


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

17:52


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:35


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

11:37


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

16:44


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

29:10


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

22:40


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

25:39


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

22:52