By Tenney L. Davis
The current quantity includes in a single binding the entire contents of quantity I, first released in may well, 1941, and the total contents of quantity II which was once released in March, 1943. The e-book used to be basically for chemists. The writing of it used to be began so that a textbook will be to be had for using scholars within the path in powder and explosives which the writer gave for roughly two decades (nearly each year because the first global warfare) to fourth-year and graduate scholars of chemistry and of chemical engineering on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.... the purpose of the booklet has been too defined as sincerely and apparently as attainable and as absolutely as appeared ecocnomic the modes of habit, either actual and chemical, of explosive elements, even if those modes locate functional software or now not. old fabric has been incorporated the place it used to be proposal that it contributed to this finish, and has now not been integrated in other places or for the other cause. it's a proven fact that an information of the historical past of principles, of individuals, or of items produces whatever of a similar sympathetic realizing of them that residing with them and dealing with them does. --- excerpts from book's Preface
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Flying fire (rockets) may be obtained in the following manner: take one part of colophony, the same of sulfur, and two parts of saltpeter. Dissolve the pulverized mixture in linseed oil, or better in oil of lamium. Finally, the mixture is placed in a reed or in a piece of wood which has been hollowed out. When it is set on fire, it will fly in whatever direction one wishes, there to set everything on fire. Another mixture corresponds more closely to the composition of black powder. The author even specifies grapevine or willow charcoal which, with the charcoal of black alder, are still the preferred charcoals for making fuze powders and other grades where slow burning is desired.
A manuscript in the Asiatic Museum at Leningrad, probably compiled about 1320 by Shems ed Din Mohammed, shows tubes for shooting arrows and balls by means of powder. In the library of Christ Church, Oxford, there is a manuscript entitled "De officiis regum," written by Walter de Millemete in 1325, in which a drawing pictures a man applying a light to the touch-hole of a bottle-shaped gun for firing a dart. On February 11, 1326, the Republic of Venice ordered iron bullets and metal cannon for the defense of its castles and villages, and in 1338 cannon and powder were provided for the protection of the ports of Harfleur and l'Heure against Edward III.
1252, Roger Bacon................................. 1350, Arderne (laboratory recipe).............. 1560, Whitehorne ...................................... 1560, Bruxelles studies .............................. 1635, British Government contract........... 1781, Bishop Watson................................. 0 It is a remarkable fact, and one which indicates that the improvements in black powder have been largely in the methods of manufacture, that the last three of these formulas correspond very closely to the composition of all potassium nitrate black powder for military and sporting purposes which is used today.
Chemistry of Powder and Explosives by Tenney L. Davis