The Scientific Idea we are proposing as a worthwhile field of exploration is the theory of the Philosopher’s Stone. The idea behind the Stone is that it is a powerful healing device, and is also capable of turning lesser metals into the purest gold with a touch. We feel the Stone’s ability to create gold is far outweighed by its potential healing capabilities. Theophrastus Paracelsus, a leading alchemist of the Renaissance, stated in one of his writings, “[With the Philosopher's Stone}, I have cured the leprosy, venereal disease, dropsy, the falling sickness, colic, scab, and similar afflictions; also lupus, cancer, noli-me-tangere, fistulas, and the whole race of internal diseases, more surely than one could believe.” (Paracelsus). As preposterous as this sounds, the idea of the Philosopher’s Stone is by no means the dream of some crazy loon. There are references referring to objects of various names that share all the qualities of the Philosopher’s Stone that date as far back to the time of Islam’s Abraham. By following in the footsteps of Alchemy’s pioneers, and adapting their take on the world, we hope that one day the science of Alchemy will be developed and explored enough to transmute a successful Philosopher’s Stone, capable of unfathomable feats of healing. The vastly beneficial medicinal implementations of a true Philosopher’s Stone could improve the standard of living for all humans. It is for this reason that our presentation will attempt to convince an audience of Renaissance men and women that studying Alchemy and the Philosopher’s stone will benefit their lives directly.
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Paracelsus, Theophrastus B. The Book Concerning the Tincture of the Philosophers. London: J.H. Oxon, 1660.