Explosives

  • H. D. Gesser

Abstract

The first recorded account of an explosive was the description of a crude form of gunpowder by Cheng Yin in China about 850. He cautioned about the dangers of burning the experimenter and the house. These warnings still apply today. The first European to refer to gunpowder was Roger Bacon who concealed the formula in a code which was not revealed for another century. By 1346 gunpowder (or black powder) was used to fire a cannon in battle. In the 17th century it was used in mines as a blasting agent.

Keywords

Combustion Dust Mold Ozone Charcoal 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. D. Gesser
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  1. 1.University of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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