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Jan Baptista van Helmont
(12 Jan 1579 - 30 Dec 1644)

Belgian natural philosopher, chemist, physician and physiologist.


Science Quotes by Jan Baptista van Helmont (5 quotes)

Archeus, the Workman and Governour of generation, doth cloath himself presently with a bodily cloathing: For in things soulified he walketh thorow all the Dens and retiring places of his Seed, and begins to transform the matter, according to the perfect act of his own Image.
— Jan Baptista van Helmont
Oriatrike: Or, Physick Refined, trans. John Chandler (1662), 35.
Science quotes on:  |  Matter (270)

For I took an Earthen Vessel, in which I put 200 pounds of Earth that had been dried in a Furnace, which I moystened with Rain-water, and I implanted therein the Trunk or Stem of a Willow Tree, weighing five pounds: and about three ounces: But I moystened the Earthen Vessel with Rain-water, or distilled water (alwayes when there was need) and it was large, and implanted into the Earth, and leaft of the Vessel, with an Iron-Plate covered with Tin, and easily passable with many holes. I computed not the weight of the leaves that fell off in the four Autumnes. At length, I again dried the Earth of the Vessel, and there were found the same 200 pounds, wanting about two ounces. Therefore 164 pounds of Wood, Barks, and Roots, arose out of water onely.
— Jan Baptista van Helmont
Oriatrike: Or, Physick Refined, trans. john Chandler (1662), 109.
Science quotes on:  |  Growth (111)  |  Photosynthesis (15)  |  Plant (173)  |  Water (244)

I call this Spirit, unknown hitherto, by the new name of Gas, which can neither be constrained by Vessels, nor reduced into a visible body, unless the feed being first extinguished. But Bodies do contain this Spirit, and do sometimes wholly depart into such a Spirit, not indeed, because it is actually in those very bodies (for truly it could not be detained, yea the whole composed body should I lie away at once) but it is a Spirit grown together, coagulated after the manner of a body, and is stirred up by an attained ferment, as in Wine, the juyce of unripe Grapes, bread, hydromel or water and Honey.
— Jan Baptista van Helmont
Oriatrike: Or, Physick Refined, trans. John Chandler (1662), 106.
Science quotes on:  |  Gas (46)

That all plants immediately and substantially stem from the element water alone I have learnt from the following experiment. I took an earthern vessel in which I placed two hundred pounds of earth dried in an oven, and watered with rain water. I planted in it a willow tree weighing five pounds. Five years later it had developed a tree weighing one hundred and sixty-nine pounds and about three ounces. Nothing but rain (or distilled water) had been added. The large vessel was placed in earth and covered by an iron lid with a tin-surface that was pierced with many holes. I have not weighed the leaves that came off in the four autumn seasons. Finally I dried the earth in the vessel again and found the same two hundred pounds of it diminished by about two ounces. Hence one hundred and sixty-four pounds of wood, bark and roots had come up from water alone. (1648)
A diligent experiment that was quantitatively correct only as far as it goes. He overlooked the essential role of air and photosynthesis in the growth process.
— Jan Baptista van Helmont
Complex. atque mist. elem. fig., 30, Opp. pp. 104-5; Aufgang, 148. In Walter Pagel, Joan Baptista Van Helmont (2002) , 53.
Science quotes on:  |  Biochemistry (46)  |  Element (129)  |  Growth (111)  |  Photosynthesis (15)  |  Plant (173)  |  Quantitative (15)

That Mettals, Small Stones, Rocky-Stones, Sulphurs, Salts, and so the whole rank of Minerals, do find their Seeds in the Matrix or Womb of the Waters, which contain the Reasons, Gifts, Knowledges, Progresses, Appointments, Offices, and Durations of the same.
— Jan Baptista van Helmont
Oriatrike: Or, Physick Refined, trans. John Chandler (1662), 693.
Science quotes on:  |  Mineral (37)  |  Sulphur (15)  |  Water (244)



Quotes by others about Jan Baptista van Helmont (1)

And when with excellent Microscopes I discern in otherwise invisible Objects the Inimitable Subtlety of Nature’s Curious Workmanship; And when, in a word, by the help of Anatomicall Knives, and the light of Chymicall Furnaces, I study the Book of Nature, and consult the Glosses of Aristotle, Epicurus, Paracelsus, Harvey, Helmont, and other learn'd Expositors of that instructive Volumne; I find my self oftentimes reduc’d to exclaim with the Psalmist, How manifold are thy works, O Lord? In wisdom hast thou made them all.
Some Motives and Incentives to the Love of God (1659), 56-7.
Science quotes on:  |  Aristotle (141)  |  Book Of Nature (6)  |  God (454)  |  William Harvey (27)  |  Microscope (68)  |  Nature (1029)  |  Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus (19)  |  Research (517)


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