History of Alchemy Podcast

History of Alchemy Podcast

United States

A look at the history of alchemy and it's influence on science.


Episode 76: Abufalah, Soul Dust, and making a Basilisk  

Abufalah relates a great tale of Solomon and how he demonstrates his knowledge of the philosopher's stone to the queen of Sheeba. Plus we tell you how to make a Basilisk.

Episode 75: Robert Olsen and I Meet Again  

Robert Olsen and I did an AMA together on reddit's /r/AskHistorians. The AMA was its own episode (Episode 20). It was great to pick the guy's brain and just chat alchemy after two years. And yes, this one is 2:40 mins long. We had a ton of fun, but don't forget there's a pause button. The AMA itself is here: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskHistorians/comments/1bkyi9/wednesday_ama_magic_alchemy_and_the_occult/

HoA: Andreas Libavius  

Andreas Libavius was a Golden Age alchemist who brings us a step closer to modern chemistry—but still defended the possibility of transmutation.

Inside the Secret Cabinet Podcast with der Buddler  

What's it like being a history podcaster in Germany? Today we take a break from alchemy and celebrate the launch of the Secret Cabinet Podcast in English, and since I also do a podcast in German, we compare notes on the differences in German and English podcast scenes. Der Buddler (German for "the digger") works in the Martin Luther house in Wittenberg, and was a great help with the Faust episode, as well as being interviewed for the History of Germany podcast on Martin Luther's 95 thesis (the actual details on how/when/where Luther attached the thesis to the church door) and the Bronze-Age Sky Disk of Nebra. He himself hosts the remarkable archeology podcast Angegraben (in German) and the original German version of the Secret Cabinet, Das Geheime Kabinett. This interview will also be in German on the History of Germany Podcast.

The Illusion: Alchemy Reborn Through the Occult Revival  

How did alchemy get to be where it is today? How exactly did it change from it's death to now? This is the meta historiographic episode: history of the history of alchemy. We've often talked about the bias of alchemy through the occult revival. But now let's talk about the occult revival directly.

Episode 71: Interview with Tim Wilkerson, Author of Alchemy Astrology Handbook  

Tim Wilkerson is author of the Alchemy Astrology Handbook, has a related blog, and even a calendar for helping out with alchemy. If you catch him in time, he'll be teaching herbal alchemy at the Midwest Herb Fest and School. Tim will also be speaking at the International Alchemy Guild's Rocky Mountain Alchemy Conference Summer 2016, in Denver. It was a privilege to have our first alchemist on the show :) (see http://historyofalchemy.com for links to the above)

Episode 70 Distillation  

Next time you enjoy that cocktail or drink at a bar, tip your imaginary hat to the alchemists of yore. This episode is the extended version of the History of Alchemy's segment of the History Podcasters' Network collage on alcohol.

Pico della Mirandola  

Pico della Mirandola with the patronage of the Medici helped bring in the Renaissance (if there is such a thing)

Laszlo from the China History Podcast chats over Tea  

Laszlo from the China History Podcast is temporarily in the Bay Area and swung by for tea. We had a chat about history and podcasts. The questions came from the HISTORY PODCASTS Facebook group. And Laszlo's excellent podcast is at http://chinahistorypodcast.com

Johann Joachim Becher  

Johann Joachim Becher formulated the Phlogiston theory of combustion, and it lasted over a century. He also transmuted gold out of the mud of the Danube.

History in 5 Minutes Podcast Alchemy Interviews: Isaac Newton, al-Ghazali, Ge Hung  

I gave three interviews for the History in 5 Minutes Podcast a while ago. In case you missed them, here they are! For more about that podcast: http://michaelrank.net/

Bohemican YouTube Channel: Prague Alchemy I & II  

Join us on a tour of a real alchemist's lab in Prague! See the youtube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amaOGpbAarg&feature=youtu.be Otherwise you're missing out! This is a video!

Johann Rudolf Glauber  

Johann Rudolf Glauber was perhaps the first chemical engineer. He was known for his "Glauber's Salt" and paved the way for gold ruby glass. http://historyofalchemy.com/list-of-alchemists/johann-rudolf-glauber/


I got the inside scoop on the Faust house in Wittenberg, but let's back up and go over the legend and also the oldest alchemical vessels found in Europe.

Archimastry - Giovanni Panteo  

Different alchemists had different definitions for archimy, but for Giovanni Panteo archimy was the metallurgical aspect of alchemy, while alchemy could be more spagyric or biological.

Alchemy and the History of Science  

The AskHistorians subreddit (as in a forum on reddit.com) has hundreds of historians you can ask any sort of question on history you want. It's a fantastic resource, and I'm proud to a be member over there (though I'm no historian). They also started their own history podcast where they interview some of their members, and this time they interviewed me:

Cornelis Drebbel  

Even in Golden Age of Alchemy, Cornelis Drebbel stands alone as a sort of Ben Franklin or Emmett Brown character.

He created the first submarine, red dye, and was famous for him continuous mobile machines that landed him in the courts of the likes of James I of England and Rudolf II of the Holy Roman Empire.

Elizabeth I and Alchemy  

Elizabeth I of England, the last of the Tudors, is more than an interesting footnote in the history of alchemy.

Alchemists' Halloween Special  

Just a few alchemists' Halloween ghost stories: and a few more here:on the History of Germany Podcast

Richard and Isabella Ingalese  

A fun legend of Alchemists from around the turn of the century in California.

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