1846 Guncotton

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Christian Friedrich Schönbein, Rudolf Christian Böttger, F. J. Otto chemistry


Practical uses


Schönbein called it “schiesswolle,” which could also be translated “shooting wool.” Guncotton’s applications for munitions were immediately obvious. It detonates with six times the force of gunpowder and produces less heat and less smoke.

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