By Simon Quellen Field
writer and chemistry buff Simon Quellen box takes readers on a decades-long trip in the course of the heritage of items that cross boom, from the early days of black powder to contemporary sleek plastic explosives. not only the who, whilst, and why, but additionally the how. How did chinese language alchemists come to create black powder? What injuries resulted in the invention of excessive explosives? How do explosives truly paintings on a molecular scale? And notwithstanding most folks have a obscure knowing that dynamite is extra robust than gunpowder, what does it suggest to be extra powerful?
Boom! The Chemistry and historical past of Explosives is going again to the unique papers and patents written via the chemists who invented them, to make clear their improvement, to discover the implications in their use for reliable and in poor health, and to offer the reader a uncomplicated realizing of the chemistry that makes them possible.
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