Why the ancient promise of alchemy is fulfilled in reading


Within a 20-minute walk from Notre Dame Cathedral, in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris, is the oldest house in the city: the house of Nicolas Flamel.

  • Elisabeth Gruner
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If the name rings a vague bell, perhaps it’s because you read J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” or, as it’s known outside the U.S., “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.”

Nicolas Flamel creates the philosopher’s stone of the title – and he was, in fact, a historical person.

The philosopher’s stone, the magical goal of alchemical research, was…

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