Cracking the Philosophers' Stone: Origins, Evolution and Chemistry of Gold-Making

by J. Erik LaPort (Author), Dennis William Hauck Ph.D. (Foreword), Dr. Roger Gabrielsson Ph.D. (Contributor)


Cracking the Philosophers' Stone is a combination of historical commentary with reproducible chemistry that thoroughly analyses one of the most respected and mysterious chemical reactions in the history of science and technology. This book guides the reader through the origins and evolution of the archetypal recipe for the Philosophers' Stone of early Alexandrian alchemy. LaPort and Gabrielsson also provide details for various chemical reproductions based on the authors' interpretation and hypotheses of ancient chemistry preserved in encrypted form in alchemical texts. The book is written for both the curious layperson, historian of science and technology or as a source book for the experimental aspiring alchemist / chemist. This book will appeal to the student of ancient history, occult studies, historical chemistry, or the layperson familiar with the Philosophers' Stone but wants to learn more. The book is a must-have for every Rosicrucian and Freemasonic library (or the like) due to its discussion of ancient systems of thought and corresponding symbolism. Because of the human stories and historical backdrop, every layperson will find something of value to expand their understanding of the ancient world. Even scientists and specifically chemists will be fascinated with the reproducible chemical experiments presented in this ground-breaking work. Click on cover at left to order.

The book is actually three books in one: 1) an introduction to alchemy, 2) a detailed history of alchemy's origins and evolution, and 3) a technical reference for actual reproducibility of alchemy's most sought-after prize - the Philosophers' Stone. Cracking the Philosophers' Stone is organized into three major sections. The first provides the reader with an overview of the Philosophers' Stone in the context of a general early history of alchemy. This foundational understanding serves as a framework for introducing newcomers and general enthusiasts to alchemical history, substances and processes discussed further into the work. In this section, the reader is systematically guided through major historical bifurcations that allowed for the evolution of technique and novel recipes for the Philosophers' Stone. This section is written in such a way that the reader follows the authors' sense of discovery and logic in a pedagogical fashion. Section two is a record of reproducibility. It includes details of each process, complete with frank discussions in the language of chemistry, which greatly facilitate review and reproduction of the experiments and syntheses detailed in the book. It is the 'how-to' section, if you will. Section three explores the practical applications for the Philosophers' Stone along with a hypothesized mechanism of action for each application. Conclusions are contextually counter-balanced by traditional alchemical texts and original interpretations.   Download Preview


From the FOREWORD to Cracking the Philosophers' Stone

by Dennis William Hauck

What you have before you is not a book, but a key to one of the most mysterious subjects in human history – the story of the Philosopher’s Stone. You will find that this key morphs like mercury into many different shapes depending on what you are looking for. Cracking the Philosophers' Stone is not a fixed book but a flexible compendium that can only be opened with a key like this. J. Eric LaPort describes how to use this key in the following pages, and he urges readers to refashion it to suit their needs.

The story of the Philosopher’s Stone began with Alexandrian and Arabian alchemists and soon captured the imagination of the entire world. By the Middle Ages, it was not only the touchstone that transformed base metals into gold but also held the secret to eternal life and spiritual perfection. However, as this book makes abundantly clear, the Philosopher’s Stone was never just a psychological scheme or philosophical construct to alchemists. Both Eastern and Western alchemists believed it was a tangible, physical object they could create in their laboratories. . . . read more in book below.