Alchemy was once all the rage in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Yes, people actually practiced this witchcraft-like form of chemistry. It centered around uncovering an elixir of life, and trying to turn baser metals into gold. One could describe alchemy as the Ponzi scheme of the sciences.
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