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Improvements in Production and Application of Guncotton and Nitroglycerine1

Nature volume 81, pages 144147 (29 July 1909) | Download Citation



FOR centuries the only explosive known to the world was that mechanical mixture of saltpetre, charcoal, and sulphur called gunpowder. Chemical explosives may be said to date from the discovery of guncotton by Schönbein, and it is a fact worth noting on this occasion that the first sample of guncotton in this country was one which accompanied a letter of Schönbein from Basle, dated March 18, 1846, and addressed to Michael Faraday at the Royal Institution. Schönbein referred to guncotton in this letter as follows:—

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