Philosopher's Stone

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The Alchymist, In Search of the Philosophers' Stone by Joseph Wright of Derby, 1771.

The Philosopher's Stone is a substance that alchemists believed was able to turn base (impure) metals (such as lead) into pure gold. They thought it could also be used for rejuvenation (to become younger again) and to achieve immortality (to live forever).

In popular culture[change | change source]

The first Harry Potter book is called Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

The manga and anime series Fullmetal Alchemist.