If you are interested in Paracelsus, or are doing undergraduate/postgraduate work that involves this important chemical and medical pioneer, this book is an absolute 'must'. It is very easy to get the wrong idea about Paracelsus. He was a prolific writer, and one can 'prove' almost anything about him by taking a bit from here, and a bit from there. The accounts of his cures are astonishing (and probably not exaggerated). He has been seen as a magus, bringing down forces from the macrocosm into our human control and neo-Platonism runs through his work. he can also be considered as a Christian preacher. And he's a political figure, proposing a kind of Christian socialism. He might also be a magician...This is an excellent book, and the author is an expert in the field, guided by the greatest 20th century Paracelsian specialist. Parts of these translations reveal Paracelsus as a pioneer in identifying the potential and actual role of mathematics in natural philosophy - long before Galileo.Whilst this book represents only a fraction of Paracelsus' work, it contain a fairly balanced and representative selection. There's a very good description of Paracelsus' ideas about how the universe operates: a kind of matter/energy field, which is operated on by an active force, the Archeus. These ideas have quite close similarities with certain aspects of modern physics, and the book contains the best descriptions of these key aspects of his thinking that I have seen. There are also key biographical details and descriptions of other aspects of his 'philosophy'.
There is an inscription on the flyleaf and slight foxing to pages.