Ambix is an internationally-recognised, peer-reviewed journal and the leading specialist publication in its field, which is viewed as a major outlet for current research. Published four times a year, in February, May, August and November, its remit is to facilitate the publication of high-quality research and discussion all areas relevant to the history of alchemy and chemistry: including ancient, medieval and early modern alchemy, the Chemical Revolution, the impact of atomism, the rise of organic chemistry, the chemical industry, quantum chemistry, and interactions between the chemical sciences and other disciplines. The Journal’s scope extends to the history of pharmacy and chemical medicine, environmental studies of the chemical industry, and the material and visual culture of chemistry. Ambix welcomes high-quality submissions based on original research in these and other areas. Articles and shorter pieces on archives and other sources are also considered, as are editions and translations of source texts.

The Editor also welcomes proposals for themed issues. Up to two special issues will be published per year, which may be based on invited papers or conference proceedings. Special issues may address a specific historical period, a significant theme in the history of alchemy and chemistry, or historiographical and methodological approaches. Recent special issues have focused on environmental history, ancient and early medieval alchemy, and chemistry in the aftermath of the World Wars. Over the course of each annual volume, the Editor aims to provide balanced coverage of the history of alchemy and chemistry, insofar as this is possible on the basis of submitted articles.

Ambix publishes reviews in English of books dealing with any aspect of the history of alchemy and chemistry, and the Reviews Editor is happy to consider books for review that have been published in any of the languages which fall within the bounds of scholarship in its fields.

The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry was founded in November 1935. The Society, chaired by the eminent physical chemist and historian of chemistry, James Riddick Partington, held its first meeting the following year and launched Ambix in May 1937 under the editorship of the distinguished historian of Greek alchemy (and later Director of the Science Museum), Frank Sherwood Taylor.

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Latest articles

Volume 62 (3)

Mixis and Diagnôsis: Aristotle and the “Chemistry” of the Sublunary World
Cristina Viano, vol. 62 (3): 203-214
Transmutation Theory in the Greek Alchemical Corpus
Olivier Dufault, vol. 62 (3): 215-244
If You Don't Have a Good Laboratory, Find a Good Volcano: Mount Vesuvius as a Natural Chemical Laboratory in Eighteenth-Century Italy
Corinna Guerra, vol. 62 (3): 245-265
Michael Faraday's Contributions to Archaeological Chemistry
Gabriel Moshenska, vol. 62 (3): 266-286
Science and the Regulation of Toxicants in Historical Perspective
Ximo Guillem-Llobat, vol. 62 (3): 287-291
Judith Mawer, vol. 62 (3): 292-303

Volume 62 (2)

Sites of Chemistry in the Twentieth Century
Carsten Reinhardt, vol. 62 (2): 109-113
From Science to Industry: The Sites of Aluminium in France from the Nineteenth to the Twentieth Century
Muriel Le Roux, vol. 62 (2): 114-137
Propaganda and Philanthropy: The Institute Bento da Rocha Cabral, the Lisbon Site of Biochemistry (1925–1953)
Ana Carneiro, vol. 62 (2): 138-166
Flexibility or Inexactitude? The “Lab 60” at Karolinska Institutet: From Medical Disciplines towards the Modern Biomedical Complex
Daniel Normark, vol. 62 (2): 167-188
New Big Pictures of Alchemy
Luc Peterschmitt, vol. 62 (2): 189-192
Daniel Becker, vol. 62 (2): 193-201

Volume 62 (1)

“Just as the Structural Formula Does”: Names, Diagrams, and the Structure of Organic Chemistry at the 1892 Geneva Nomenclature Congress
Evan Hepler-Smith, vol. 62 (1): 1-28
Daniel Sennert, The Philosophical Hen, and The Epistolary Quest for a (Nearly-)Universal Medicine
Joel A. Klein, vol. 62 (1): 29-49
Letters from China: A History of the Origins of the Chemical Analysis of Ceramics
A. M. Pollard, vol. 62 (1): 50-71
Making War Work for Industry: The United Alkali Company's Central Laboratory During World War One
Peter Reed, vol. 62 (1): 72-93
Revisiting Colour History
Agustí Nieto-Galan, vol. 62 (1): 94-97
William H. Brock, vol. 62 (1): 98-106
Mercury and Sulphur among the High Medieval Alchemists: From Rāzī and Avicenna to Albertus Magnus and Pseudo-Roger Bacon
William R. Newman, vol. 62 (1): 107-107