*For about 2000 years after Democritus's time, experiments with matter were mainly carried out by alchemists, people who believed it should be possible to change metal into gold
*Alchemy - Arabic word al-kimiya, translates to "the chemist"
*Alchemy is considered a pseudo-science, not real science, because it includes the use of 'magic'
*During this time, although alchemy isn't considered a science, many useful tools were developed that we use in labs today, and other practical discoveries were made as well:
-beakers and filters
-plaster of Paris
-how to prepare chemicals such as hydrochloric acid
*Andreas Libau, a German alchemist, published Alchemia, the first chemistry text ever printed