Phlogiston

It’s quite fascinating to study the early pioneers of understanding the science of matter. They often used words to describe phenomena. Those words are outdated now but they have crept into our language on so many levels.

The word “salient” for example – its root meaning is ‘leaping.”

And nature does have many different cycles where things leap, where more is produced.

The history of phlogiston is particularly fascinating. Phlogiston is the English version of the Ancient Greek word for burning.

We have come to associate combustion with oxygen. But at very high temperatures hydrogen combusts too. We have found 67 chemical elements in the sun. All come from that burning hydrogen; whenever there is combustion there are various forms of fusion.

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