Hennig Brand discovering phosphorus

Hennig Brand discovering phosphorus

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Caption: The German alchemist Dr. Hennig Brand discovered phosphorus in Hamburg in 1669. He was using the residue from evaporated urine to search for the philosopher's stone, a mythical mineral which was said to be able to turn base metal into gold. Instead he discovered phosphorous. After the painting by Joseph Wright of Derby, 1771

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Keywords: 17th century, alchemist, alchemy, brand, chemist, chemistry, discovering, discovery, hennig brand, historical, history of science, industry, joseph wright, philosopher's stone, phosphorus, pseudo-science, pseudoscience, wright of derby

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