…riginally attempting to concoct a mixture that would make the consumer immortal (Chase, 2003)[iii]. I would surmise that instead of reaching physical immortality, these alchemists attained another sort of immortality — the legacy of the Chinese invention of gunpowder.
This was a “blast” to read, Sal! Just to add to the discourse, after the Chinese figured out that gunpowder wasn’t the elixir of life, they used it to make pretty creative weapons. I wrote about over here if you’re interested! 💣