Philosopher's stone  

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The philosopher's stone reputed to be hard as stone and malleable as wax; Greek: chrysopoeia) is a legendary alchemical tool, supposedly capable of turning base metals into gold; it was also sometimes believed to be an elixir of life, useful for rejuvenation and possibly for achieving immortality. For a long time, it was the most sought-after goal in Western alchemy. In the view of alchemists like Sir Isaac Newton, familiarity with the philosopher's stone would bring enlightenment upon the maker and conclude the Great Work.

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