Tag: history of science

A Peek Inside Baltimore’s Only Alchemist’s Lab


lab shelf

Honestly, I think I would’ve been much more engaged in high school chemistry class if we’d talked about chemical reactions like the medieval alchemists did — that is, allegorically.  “Let the red dragon devour the white eagle!” just sounds so much better than “take nitric acid and add ammonium chloride to it.” But while alchemy has gone the way of phrenology and the study of bodily humours, at least one guy in Baltimore is still a practicing magician. Let’s take a peek in his office.