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History of industrial gases
Almqvist, Ebbe.
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New York : Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, [2003]

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xvii, 472 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
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TP242 .A38 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference

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Starting at the dawn of science, History of Industrial Gases traces the development of gas theory from its Aristotelian roots to its modern achievements as a global industry. Dr. Almqvist explores how environmental protection, geographical areas, and the drive for higher purity and efficiency affected development in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and how they will influence the future of this rapidly expanding industry. The roles of major contributing companies are also discussed to provide an informative and thought-provoking treatise valuable to anyone who studies or works in this fascinating field.

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This 450-page pastiche of well-researched and well-documented vignettes, anecdotes, thumbnail sketches, and priceless illustrations and drawings is, as advertised, a marvelous excursion into the history of industrial gases. Embedded between the end papers of what might at first seem only to interest a precious few specialists are the essence of stories on hydrogen, including lighter-than-air craft and ballooning; dry ice and refrigeration; acetylene and illumination; gaslight and limelight; noble gases and the quest for absolute zero; industrial helium, superconductivity, and superfluidity; cutting and welding; rocket fuels, buzz bombs, and space travel; cryogenics, syngas, and LPG. On and on. An impressive scientific and engineering retrospective deserving of much more than the paper it is printed on and the drab design, neither of which do justice to this original and important work. References are properly annotated, accurately displayed, and well represented; illustrations are appropriate and often original; the engineering drawings are more than just window dressing. Empedocles and Paracelsus would be pleased; likewise, Boyle, Black, and Priestley; Lavoisier, too; certainly Ramsay, Rayleigh, Dewar, and Onnes; Haber, Linde, Lurgi, Praxair; and the many other individuals, corporations, and organizations deservingly recognized in the institutional, name, and subject indexes. Put this in your library. It's a gas! ^BSumming Up: Essential. All levels. L. W. Fine Columbia University

Table of Contents

1 History of gases - Introduction
2 From Aristotle to the birth of modern chemistry
3 The industrial gases background
4 The industrial gas technology development
5 The industrial gas business development
6 The industrial gas business expansion
7 How new gas applications developed