Does anyone know what alchemy means?
14 Jan 07
Last I checked, alchemy was more of a psudo-science than an actual science that one could practice. The changing of one form of energy to another (the entire basis of the theory of alchemy) is hardly difficult or unusual, however. It's just a matter of an incredibly advanced knowledge of quantum mechanics. Energy is constantly changing from one state of matter to another as atoms are gain/losing electrons, protons and neutrons into entirely different atoms. As it is, the atoms in your *** are changing into atoms of your pants and vice-a-versa, the atoms in your pants are changing into the atoms in your chair and vice-a-versa, the atoms in your chair are changing into the atoms of the floor and vice-a-versa, and so on and so on. In order for alchemy to work, you would need to know how to manipulate the atoms of one element to resemble the atoms of your desired element. Unfortunately, you can't just pick up atom kits from the store to build your own custom elements.
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14 Jan 07
Best answer here. Fun fact though, Leonardo Divici basically estranged himself from the world for decades to practice alchemy, as he thought there could be an actual science behind it. Alas, he concluded there was not, and returned to the public eye.
1 Jan 08
Actually lead can be transformed into gold now, although only in quantities so small that its uneconomical. The way its done today is to use the nuclear energy. The neutrons emitted during some nuclear reactions can be absorbed by lead, and then through a series of transformations can end up as gold. The quantities are very tiny, so there is no commercial value to doing this. It would take millions of dollars to make an ounce of gold, but the transformation is physically possible and has been done. One other note: It is generally thought that alchemy was about changing lead to gold. This is not strictly true. While some alchemists tried to do this, many just saw this as a metaphor. The lead into gold transformation was really symbolic of a transformation of the self from a base state to a higher more refined state. The way this was done was to study nature as a way to learn about ourselves and our place in the Universe.