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Ambix is a peer-reviewed academic journal on the history of chemistry and alchemy that was established in 1937. It was not published from 1939 to 1945. It was one of the first journals of the history of science in the English-speaking world, preceded by Isis (1912) and Annals of Science (1936).[1] It is currently published for the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry by Taylor & Francis, which in 2015 purchased Maney Publishing, the previous publisher of Ambix.[2] The name of the journal comes from the Greek word for a still-head (ἄμβιξ), which later gave rise to the word alembic.[3][4]


  1. ^ pp. viii-ix, Alchemy and Early Modern Chemistry: Papers From Ambix, ed. Allen G. Debus, 2004, ISBN 0-9546484-1-2.
  2. ^ Maney Publishing - Ambix, accessed online January 10, 2011.
  3. ^ p. 25, The chemical tree: a history of chemistry, William Hodson Brock, W. W. Norton & Company, 2000, ISBN 0-393-32068-5.
  4. ^ Forbes, Robert James, p. 23, A Short History of the Art of Distillation: from the beginnings up to the death of Cellier Blumenthal, Leyden: E. J. Brill, 1970, ISBN 978-90-04-00617-1.

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