View Full Version : Emerald Tablet in Torberg Bergman's Physical and Chemical Essays Vol III - 1791

04-04-2019, 03:09 AM
Bergman refers to it as Hermes Table, and it's in Latin on pages 48 and 49


And ends the argument with this paragraph. The book was edited by Thomas Beddoes. Clearly by then the cutting edge chemists had isolated a key aspect of alchemy, which is the nature of seeds in metals (which we normally dont think about as metals arent normally considered as organic life forms) :

By divine energy they understand fire and the spirit of the world; by the passive aether, they mean something eternal, immaterial, and homogeneous; and by mortuum malum, the inert matter of the earth. By the intervention of this spirit, they apprehend an uninterrupted communication is maintained between superior and inferior beings. This system is assigned to Hermes, as he produced every thing by the means of two elements, Fire as acting, and Earth as acted upon . They taught, that, by some internal separation, fermentation, or putrefaction, all bodies sprung from their seeds, were changed, increased, rendered perfect, and destroyed. In these opinions some traces of a more intimate acquaintance with nature may be discovered: From which, it may be inferred, much light would be thrown upon natural philosophy from their doctrine, if we possessed it entire, and unclouded with fictions. The unconnected fragments only of it have reached us, and these collected by foreign writers; who, ignorant of the relation of the different parts of the system, have supplied many things from conjecture, and given to others a false interpretation.