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Become an emotional alchemist and just let things dissolve a little bit.
Johann Conrad Dippel, an alchemist, and Johan Jacob Diesbach, a pigment and dye maker.
Part of the process of waking up and smelling the café con leche has been the launch of their own rather cool label, also called Alchemist.
The emperor, a passionate student of the occult, enlists Christian Stern, a young scholar and alchemist, to find the culprit.
West Coast star Jay Worthy and heavyweight producer The Alchemist have teamed up for a new collaborative project titled Fantasy Island.
The French 75's senior bartender Chris Hannah is part alcohol alchemist and part highball historian.
Brewery co-founders are Brian Hendon, Joe Wilshire and Scott Cortellessa, along with alchemist Bryan Giesen.
The company is in development on an adaptation of Paulo Coelho’s best-selling novel The Alchemist with TriStar Pictures.
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Alchemist: Someone Who Transforms Things for the Better
Today we recognize alchemy as a pseudoscience, and give chemistry its rightful place as a serious scientific field, but the two terms initially overlapped in meaning before separating by the 17th century, just as astrology and astronomy did during the same period.
Alchemy and alchemist are in fact older words than chemistry and chemist in English. Alchemists believed that lead could be “perfected” into gold, that diseases could be cured, and that life could be prolonged through transmutation, or a change of some essential element into a superior form. Their secretive experiments, usually involving heat and the mixing of liquids, led to the development of pharmacology and the rise of modern chemistry.
The long route to English for alchemist began with the Greek word chēmeia, which probably came from the word chyma (“fluid”), derived from the verb chein, meaning “to pour.” It then passed to Arabic, which added its definite article al- (“the”) to the Greek root. The word then passed from Latin to French before coming to English. Some other words derived from Arabic also retain the al- in English, such as algebra, algorithm, and alcohol; in fact, the transformative liquid that was constantly being sought through experimentation by alchemists is another word with the Arabic al- prefix: elixir.
This power to transform things for the better, real or imagined, led to figurative meanings for alchemy and alchemist.
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