posted on Feb, 25 2006 @ 11:38 AM
Sir Isaac Newton was without a doubt one of the greatest minds the world has ever seen. Most every person learned in school about his amazing work in
the field of Physics and Math. What most might not know is that for a good deal of his life he was consumed by his work in Alchmey. Newton infact
wrote more papers on Alchemy and Theology then he did about Physics.
To most the word 'alchemy' calls up the picture of a medieval crackpots working in sinister labs with crazy ingredients like eye of newt trying to
turn lead into gold. This is not really fair or true alchemy infact involved alot of science and art and could even be thought of as the father of
modern Chemistry, Alchemy was really matter theory. Alchemy was able to attract the lifelong devotion of some of the world greatest minds for hundreds
if not thousands of years, Newton was one such man.
Newton had to practice this art secretly because in 17th-century England it was illegal to practice alchemy and you could have gotten into some big
trouble if you got caught. It was made illegal because of the fear that somebody would actually transmute a substance into gold. England was a Gold
based economy and such a discovery could destroy its whole economy.
But even still Newton practice alchemy though in the greatest of secrecy. The only reason we know about it is because of a huge collections of
documents of Newtons many of which were written in a secret code. For years worked like a man possessed.
Newton believed that in the distant past, people knew great truths about nature and the universe. This wisdom was lost over time, but Newton thought
it was hidden in Greek myths, which he interpreted as encoded alchemical recipes. He would often interprete the different Gods with different elements
and mixing them according to what happend in the story.
He certainly was looking for something in alchemy—it's obviously something quite big—and he obviously did not find it because he opted not to
publish anything about it. Nobody really knows what he was looking for in Alchemy but it was something important. This is why I created this thread to
discuss what Newtons was looking for.
Was he looking to transmute Gold? I dont know if I believe this one I dont see Newton as the type trying to get rich off alchemy. Was he looking for
the fabled Philosopher's stone? The infamous Elixir of Life in alchemy? Or perhaps some great hidden truth?
What made this great mind devote so much of his life for this search?
Newtons Dark secrets