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Study of Explosions

Nature volume 114, page 10 (05 July 1924) | Download Citation



WHETHER anything physical and instructive about the atmosphere can be learnt from a study of purposely produced explosions, I am not sure. Ordinary explosives must waste much of their energy on the earth; and if atmospheric waves are wanted, it would seem better to explode a balloon filled with a detonating gas, say a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen, at a considerable height. Gas exploded without any rigid envelope, as in a soap-bubble, makes a tremendous noise, since the energy is wholly expended on the atmosphere.

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