Promethean ambitions [electronic resource] :alchemy and the quest to perfect nature / William R. Newman.Material type: BookPublisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2004Description: 1 online resource (xv, 333 p.,  p. of plates) : ill. (some col.).ISBN: 9780226577135 (electronic bk.); 0226577139 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Science, Renaissance | Alchemy -- History | Arts, Renaissance | Alchemy | History, Medieval | History of Medicine | Nature | Chemistry | Science | Sciences de la Renaissance | Alchimie -- Histoire | Arts de la Renaissance | SCIENCE -- History | Alchemie | Natuurwetenschappen | Naturwissenschaften | Kunst | Alchemie | Chemie | NaturGenre/Form: Electronic books.DDC classification: 509.024 Online resources: EBSCOhost
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; A Note On Terminology; Abbreviations; Introduction: From Alchemical Gold to Synthetic Humans: The Problem of the Artificial and the Natural; Chapter One: Imitating, Challenging, and Perfecting Nature: The Arts and Alchemy in European Antiquity; Chapter Two: Alchemy and the Art-Nature Debate; Chapter Three: The Visual Arts and Alchemy; Chapter Four: Artificial Life and the Homunculus; Chapter Five: The Art-Nature Debate and the Issue of Experiment; Afterword: Further Ramifications of the Art-Nature Debate; References; Index.
In an age when the nature of reality is complicated daily by advances in bioengineering, cloning, and artificial intelligence, it is easy to forget that the ever-evolving boundary between nature and technology has long been a source of ethical and scientific concern: modern anxieties about the possibility of artificial life and the dangers of tinkering with nature more generally were shared by opponents of alchemy long before genetic science delivered us a cloned sheep named Dolly. In Promethean Ambitions, William R. Newman ambitiously uses alchemy to investigate the thinning boundary between.
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