The Chronicles of Dr. Gribbleflotz

Book - 2016
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A sparkling addition to the multiple New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire alternate history series created by Eric Flint. An alchemist of the 17th century confronts modern science with often amusing results.

Phillip Theophrastus Gribbleflotz, the world's greatest alchemist and a great-grandson of Paracelsus--and a Bombast on his mother's side--was a man history had forgotten. But when the town of Grantville was transported by a cosmic accident from modern West Virginia to central Germany in the early seventeenth century, he got a second chance at fame and fortune.

The world's greatest alchemist does not make household goods. But with suitable enticements Gribbleflotz is persuaded to make baking soda and then baking powder so that the time-displaced Americans can continue to enjoy such culinary classics as biscuits and gravy. Applying his superb grasp of the principles of alchemy to the muddled and confused notions the Americans have concerning what they call "chemistry," Gribbleflotz leaves obscurity behind.

In his relentless search for a way to invigorate the quinta essential of the human humors, Gribbleflotz plays a central role in jump-starting the seventeenth century's new chemical and marital aids industries--and pioneering such critical fields of human knowledge as pyramidology and aura imaging. These are his chronicles.

About Eric Flint's Ring of Fire series:
"This alternate history series is ... a landmark..."-- Booklist

"[Eric] Flint's 1632 universe seems to be inspiring a whole new crop of gifted alternate historians."-- Booklist

"...reads like a technothriller set in the age of the Medicis..."-- Publishers Weekly
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9781481482653
Branch Call Number: FIC FAN
Additional Contributors: Boatright, Rick
Alternative Title: Chronicles of Dr. Gribbleflotz


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Feb 06, 2018

Story of forgotten by history egotistical wear loud brightly colored clothing alchemist who gets drafted from town sent from the future to be industrial chemist from baking soda, aspirin, triiodine (contact explosive), RDX (bigger explosive & critical ingredient in C4; do USE president upgrade from flintlock to percussion cap rifle & how big death quota on making them by what business model?) zinc from alternative ore other than preferred ore, laughing gas (even he admitted couldn't make Viagra short term) & safety glass.
Real cute on his up-time patrons Dr. Phil nickname after you-know-who & strong-armed university to give a degree to protagonist for huge donation to going up the social ladder.
Great short stories by author on jump starting chemical & medical industry in 17th century.

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