"an alchemist's recipe for trouble"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Jan 31 19:50:08 UTC 2013

On Jan 31, 2013, at 1:39 PM, Dan Goncharoff wrote:

> Saw this phrase in the latest New Yorker magazine. I am not sure what it
> means.
> http://www.newyorker.com/talk/financial/2013/02/04/130204ta_talk_surowiecki
> DanG
Turns airplane-building magically into trouble the way alchemists tried to turn lead into gold?  In any case, judging from the 5 g-hits, it's new with Surowiecki and this article.


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