View Full Version : Newton knew of m-state

solomon levi
01-06-2009, 04:31 PM
This is a Phoenix-thread (http://forum.alchemyforums.com/showthread.php?t=7) from the old site (http://alchemy-forums.forumotion.com/forum.htm).

This comes from Newton's notebooks:

Dissolve Refined silver in twice its weight of Aqua Fortis
filtrate the solution that it may bee cleare (& you may evaporate it too
till it christallize which christall must bee dryed on broune paper with
a moderate heate, ): Upon which solution drop good spirit of Salt
till it have done curdleing the liquor & put it into a funnell
lined with cap paper that the moisture may draine away then dry
the remaining substance with a gentle fire (first powering faire water
often into the funnell to wash away the adhaering salts if neede bee)
which dryed substance (being a white pouder) if melted into a masse
in a glasse violl & kept a while in fusion will bee Luna
Cornea or a substance tough & flexible, Transparently
yellow, easily fusible almost like wax, undissolvible in water
(though the Lunar solution & Spirit of Salt will severally dissolve
in it) & scarce if at all soluble in aqua fortis or spirit of
Salt, without almost any tast or with but a little somwhat unpleasant
one much differing from the most bitter tast of solution of
silver & the most sower tast of Spirit of Salt, & very fixed
& induring the fire without the avolation of the saline particles
though they bee of themselves volatile enough. If the Lunar
solution bee praecipitated with Oyle of Virtioll the masse will
bee brittle. The making of this Luna Cornea affords many
variations of Colours by Colourles liquors & by melting the white
pouder to transparent yellow Luna. pag 303 of Formes.

I believe "Of forms" is a work of Boyle's, so it would be his discovery and Newton
is just writing it in his notes.
I'm bringing this back up for the m-state argument.
Interesting... I don't have a comment to make, but here is a site that talks a lot about Newton and his ties to Alchemy (with plenty of links):

Sir Isaac Newton - Scientist, alchemist, theologian (http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/newton_alchemist.html)