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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alchemy

Alchemy is a philosophical and protoscientific tradition practiced throughout Europe, Egypt and Asia. It aimed to purify, mature, and perfect certain objects. Common aims were chrysopoeia, the transmutation of "base metals" (e.g., lead) into "noble" ones (particularly gold); the creation ... Islamic and European alchemists developed a structure of basic laboratory ...

www.answers.com/Q/Islamic_scientists_who_tried_to_turn_ordinary_metals_into_gold

They never did. Alchemy was abandoned because it didn't work. Some of the things that did work became chemistry. No one successfully turned lead into gold.

discovermagazine.com/2010/jul-aug/05-isaac-newton-worlds-most-famous-alchemist

Dec 28, 2010 ... ... the world's greatest geniuses struggled in secret to turn base metals into gold. ... in gold, literally—as Principe, a chemist and historian of science at ... Newton was not the only intellectual heavyweight from his era trying to make gold. ... of an eighth-century Islamic alchemist, but Newman's research turned ...

www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/big-history-project/stars-and-elements/other-material3/a/from-alchemy-to-chemistry

Alchemy was scientific but it was also a spiritual tradition. ... For instance, if alchemists could learn the secret of “purifying” base metals into gold, they might ... Islamic Arabs took over Alexandria in the seventh century CE, and as the center ... arranged in a periodic — regular and recurring — relationship to each other based ...

quatr.us/islam/science/ibnsina.htm

Ibn Sina also said, correctly, that scientists would never succeed in turning metals like lead or copper into gold, even though many scientists were trying to do it.

www.muslimheritage.com/article/advent-scientific-chemistry

And it is the Muslims who laid the foundations of this science as it will be shown in the ... who, for instance, sought to turn ordinary metals into precious ones, gold in particular. ..... The story of the fascination of gold and the attempts of chemists.

www.islamicspain.tv/Arts-and-Science/The-Culture-of-Al-Andalus/Chemistry.htm

Chemistry is a theoretical and practical science, which is important to many ... and practical chemistry in Al-Andalus during the time of Muslim rule and after, ... The history of knowledge about chemistry runs on a scale from ordinary to mysterious. ... gold, but it was also key to alchemists' efforts to transmute metals into gold.

explorable.com/islamic-alchemy

Islamic alchemy attempted, as many before and since, to find a Grand ... base metals into gold and find the elixir of life, were the first scientists to attempt to ...

www.jihadwatch.org/2010/10/fjordman-medieval-muslim-scholars

Oct 15, 2010 ... I don't like Islam at all and make no attempt to hide this fact, but I also don't like dishonesty. I believe the so-called “Golden Age of medieval Islamic science” is ..... in transmutation and in the possibility of turning base metal into gold. .... “It is very difficult for any ordinary mortal to imagine how it could be ...

www.themystica.com/mystica/articles/~alchemy/islamic_alchemy.html

Islamic alchemy evolved rapidly with the mingling of cultures and the Near ... When trying to determine the author of ancient treaties on most subjects ... The notion that metals contained mercury and sulphur-the latter being an ... As shown , in order to change silver into gold its nature, quality composition, had to be reversed.