Accidental Scientific Discoveries that Changed the World: Oops! It's Dynamite!, 1st Edition

  • Melissa Raé Shofner
  • Published By: Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1538239892
  • ISBN-13: 9781538239896
  • DDC: 662
  • Grade Level Range: 3rd Grade - 6th Grade
  • 32 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2020 | Published/Released November 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2020
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Boom! Dynamite can blast away mountainsides and bring down buildings. This powerful explosive was discovered over 150 years ago, but it wasn't always safe to use. That's because dynamite contains nitroglycerin, a very dangerous explosive. In the late 1860s, Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel accidentally invented dynamite while he was working on a way to make nitroglycerin safer to handle. This book takes an in-depth look at the science behind dynamite, as well as its role in the past, present, and future of demolition. Readers will have a blast learning about this explosive discovery.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Amazing Accidents.
2: An Explosive History.
3: Nitroglycerin.
4: The Science of Explosives.
5: Alfred Nobel.
6: Nobel's Accidental Discovery.
7: Boom, Dynamite!.
8: Interesting and Strange Uses.
9: An Uncertain Future.
For More Information.
Other Backmatter.