KidzTube
Welcome
Login / Register

Fighting Firedamp - The Lamp That Saved 1,000 Lives

Featured

Thanks! Share it with your friends!

URL

You disliked this video. Thanks for the feedback!

Sorry, only registred users can create playlists.
URL


 Society / Culture   |   Science   |   Social Science   |   Technology
 Find Related Videos  added
305 Views

Description

With a beautiful, explosive experiment, Andy demonstrates how Humphry Davy's simple invention saved hundreds of lives from firedamp.
Subscribe for regular science videos: http://bit.ly/RiSubscRibe

Firedamp is a flammable gas found in coal mines that contributed to the deaths of hundreds of miners, who used open flames to light their way. Humphry Davy, a chemist at the Royal Institution, found a solution to the problem in 1815. He discovered that a flame could not penetrate a wire mesh, meaning that any explosions could be safely contained within a lamp if some metal gauze surrounded the candle.

Andy demonstrates in spectacular fashion exactly how this invention, which in many ways fuelled the industrial revolution, works, and celebrates a beautiful example of applied science in action.

Watch more science videos on the Ri Channel http://richannel.org
The Ri is on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ri_science
and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/royalinstitution
and Tumblr: http://ri-science.tumblr.com/
Subscribe for the latest science videos: http://richannel.org/newsletter

Post your comment

Comments

Be the first to comment






RSS