Episode 70 Sources: Alchemy & the Birth of Modern Science Featuring Dr. Brian Regal

Meagan is joined by Substitute Sister and Professor for the History of Science at Kean University, Dr. Brian Regal, to talk about the O.G. spooky science – alchemy and its influences on science as we know it today. Although alchemists came to be associated with gold, mysticism, the Philosopher’s Stone, and in some cases, fakery, many were careful experimentalists who made significant discoveries in the areas of metallurgy, chemistry, distillation, and more. Listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandoraiHeartRadio, and more.

You can get in touch with Brian via his website (https://sites.google.com/a/kean.edu/brian-regal-phd/) or on Twitter @RomeoA25.

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Here are our sources:

  1. https://www.chm.bris.ac.uk/webprojects2002/crabb/history.html
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alchemy
  3. https://sciencehistory.org/stories/magazine/the-secrets-of-alchemy/
  4. https://www.breakingatom.com/learn-the-periodic-table/history-of-chemistry-alchemy
  5. https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/specialcollections/2018/08/15/a-brief-history-of-alchemy-or-my-alchemical-romance/
  6. https://spacedoutscientist.com/2015/05/16/alchemy-how-a-tradition-spanning-millennia-became-modern-chemistry/
  7. https://www.rsc.org/periodic-table/alchemy/what-is-alchemy
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxiLuz9kHi0
  9. http://www.chymist.com/History%20Alchemy.pdf 
  10. https://science.howstuffworks.com/alchemy-to-chemistry.htm
  11. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/alchemy-may-not-been-pseudoscience-we-thought-it-was-180949430/
  12. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/01/30/this-chemist-is-unlocking-the-secrets-of-alchemy/
  13. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bwk9AVZFXx4aM3gwTHpldmE2clE/view?resourcekey=0-y52X8h7sfuLQ6YZqwupLXg
  14. https://archive.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2009/03/15/good_as_gold/
  15. https://daily.jstor.org/when-did-alchemy-end/
  16. https://bigthink.com/the-well/crazy-criminal-alchemy-modern-science/
  17. https://www.alchemywebsite.com/symbolic.html

Origins of Cryptozoology with Dr. Brian Regal

In this episode we are joined by professor of science history at Kean University and author, Dr. Brian Regal, to discuss the origins of cryptozoology. We chat about some of our favorite cryptids, and learn about how sea serpents and mating whales helped to create what we know today as the field of cryptozoology. 

You can find out more about Brian on his website here: https://sites.google.com/a/kean.edu/brian-regal-phd/ or by following him on Twitter @Tarbosaur!

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