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This front matter section of the book The Salt of the Earth: Natural Philosophy, Medicine, and Chymistry in England, 1650-1750 contains the table of contents, list of illustrations, and acknowledgements. The book is devoted to the concept and uses of salt in early modern science, which have played a crucial role in the evolution of matter theory from Aristotelian concepts of the elements to Newtonian chymistry. It demonstrates that an understanding of the changing definitions of "salt" is also crucial to a historical comprehension of the transition between alchemy and chemistry.

Keywords: Aristotle; early modern science; salt



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