Gold Bulletin

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 109–119

The role of gold in alchemy. Part III

  • George B. Kauffman
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Through the centuries gold-making has been alternately encouraged and banned by rulers and clergy, and the number of alleged transmutations is considerable. Undoubtedly, deliberate fraud or deception was involved although often it cannot be proved from the historical accounts. With the advent of modern nuclear physics and chemistry the alchemist’s goal of transmutation has finally been realized, although the process is far from cost-effective.

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© World Gold Council 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • George B. Kauffman
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  1. 1.Department of ChemistryCalifornia State UniversityFresnoUSA

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