You can mix up all sorts of chemicals,
You can add and heat up irons and coppers and sulfur and lithium,
Walk all over the periodic table and make your home between the squares, hoping to find familiarity or discovery-
You can fit them into different flasks and beakers and try and put together every single element known to men…
But if they do not react, you cannot make them. They either do, or they don’t; some reactions are beautiful, twirling into ashes shaped into spirals or burning with a bright blue fire, and some are ugly, exploding and liberating toxic gas and hurting. But you cannot wish for the chemistry to work if it already doesn’t. You can’t change nature. You can’t deny it, either. Caesium and water will always explode whether you like it or not. Some rules cannot be broken.
One of them is chemistry.
the medieval forerunner of chemistry, based on the supposed transformation of matter. It was concerned particularly with attempts to convert base metals into gold or to find a universal elixir.
synonyms: chemistry;magic, sorcery, witchcraft“immortality through alchemy”
a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination.
“finding the person who’s right for you requires a very subtle alchemy”