Nitroglycerine Explosives


THE translator of Dr. Naoum's well-known work has rendered useful service in making it available to a wider circle of readers, containing as it does a fuller collection of information on its subject than any other work in the English language. Originally published in Germany in 1924, it gives an account of the great industry built on the foundations laid in 1847 by Sobrero, the discoverer of ‘nitroglycerine,’ and by Nobel, who in 1862 first commenced its manufacture on a technical scale. Not only is this substance of great value to humanity for peaceful purposes, but it is also of vital importance in the manufacture of propellants as munitions of war, to an extent probably not foreseen by Nobel, the founder of the Nobel peace prize, who died in 1896.

Nitroglycerine and Nitroglycerine Explosives.

By Dr. Phokion Naoum. Authorised English Translation, with Notes and Additions by E. M. Symmes. (The World Wide Chemical Translation Series, No. 1.) Pp. xi + 469. (London: Baillière, Tindall and Cox, 1928.) 31s. 6d. net.

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G., R. Nitroglycerine Explosives. Nature 123, 8–9 (1929).

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