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Alchemy 1: The Psuedoscience of changing objects from one element to another; i.e. changing lead into gold.

I don't know why you posted the first definition as a comment but I don't think "pseudoscience" is the best word. Alchemist's lack of knowledge of elemental science placed them in a state of disposition of achieving their goal. The equation used is this; e=a,w=f,e=m,a=g,w=l,f=c. I think. Randy6767 22:29, 19 January 2007 (UTC)


Regarding the first definition I don't think "obsolete" should be used for cases like this. Sure, the "science" of alchemy is obsolete, but not the word as such. The glossary says: "No longer in use, and no longer likely to be understood", neither of which applies; the word is still used for these ancient experimenters and it's understood. Jiiimbooh (talk) 16:06, 19 June 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Removed. Equinox 04:10, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

Missing figurative sense?[edit]

Interesting usage here for interpersonal compatibility, where it would normally be "chemistry". Equinox 04:10, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

  • 2004, David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
    You fancy yourself a larky buck, but there's alchemy between Jocasta and I you cannot begin to fathom. She'll fall out of love with you the moment you threaten us.