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Author: Hazel Rossotti
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Is fire an element? How can we know when a pot was fired? When was fire insurance started? Why can custard powder explode? How can we reduce smog? How do we extinguish a blazing oil-well? Why is fire so prominent in religion and poetry? How does it spread through a building, and through a forest? This books aims to tease out the common thread which runs through the immensely varied phenomena which we call fire.  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rossotti, Hazel.
Fire.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1993
(OCoLC)694258703
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Hazel Rossotti
ISBN: 0198557221 9780198557227
OCLC Number: 26163110
Description: x, 288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. What is fire? --
2. Fire and flames --
3. Ignition --
4. Fire for heating --
5. Fire for lighting --
6. Fire for cooking --
7. Fire for destruction --
8. Fire for craftsmen and chemists --
9. Fire for movement: (1) External fires --
10. Fire for movement: (2) Internal combustion --
11. Fire for movement: (3) Pre-packed oxygen --
12. Fire for movement: (4) Explosives --
13. Fire for special effects: (1) Pyrotechnics --
14. Fire for special effects: (2) Smokes --
15. Fire as timekeeper --
16. Fire as sleuth --
17. Fire as polluter --
18. Mankind versus fire: (1) The toll --
19. Mankind versus fire: (2) Prevention --
20. Mankind versus fire: (3) Weapons for combat --
21. Mankind versus fire: (4) Collective strategies --
22. Nature and fire: towards symbiosis --
23. Fire and the gods --
24. Fire and the thinkers.
Responsibility: Hazel Rossotti.
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Aims to bridge the science-arts gap by bringing together scientific, technological, historical, legal, religious, environmental, social, and philosophical aspects of fire. This book is aimed at a  Read more...

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