Oddly, as we advance scientifically it seems as if science itself is becoming more esoteric. For example, Alchemy may be be in the process of “reincarnating” as modern science (see the article below). String theory, chaos theory, and my favorite: Regenerative Medicine (recently a man was able to grow back a fingertip by applying a powder made from pig bladder!) are modern sciences that are nothing short of magical. So, where do we draw the line separating magic from science? Are these two seemingly at odds disciplines actually THE SAME THING?

Good as gold
What alchemists got right
By Stephen Heuser  (The Boston Globe)

THREE HUNDRED YEARS ago, more or less, the last serious alchemists finally gave up on their attempts to create gold from other metals, dropping the curtain on one of the least successful endeavors in the history of human striving.

Centuries of work and scholarship had been plowed into alchemical pursuits, and for what? Countless ruined cauldrons, a long trail of empty mystical symbols, and precisely zero ounces of transmuted gold. As a legacy, alchemy ranks above even fantasy baseball as a great human icon of misspent mental energy.

But was it really such a waste? A new generation of scholars is taking a closer look at a discipline that captivated some of the greatest minds of the Renaissance. And in a field that modern thinkers had dismissed as a folly driven by superstition and greed, they now see something quite different.

Alchemists, they are finding, can take credit for a long roster of genuine chemical achievements, as well as the techniques that would prove essential to the birth of modern lab science. In alchemists’ intricate notes and diagrams, they see the early attempt to codify and hand down experimental knowledge. In the practices of alchemical workshops, they find a masterly refinement of distillation, sublimation, and other techniques still important in modern laboratories…[the rest]