02-27-2007

02-27-2007 - February 27 -Gunpowder -intro of chemical...

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February 27 -Gunpowder -intro of chemical energy -needs the least amount of skill and not much muscle mass -expensive, but eventually becomes infinitely expansible anyone can use it -also a technology that is constantly improving -but there’s a disconnect between the organic ways of supplying an army and the increasing number of men using chemical technologies -created problems in arming full armies -invented as early as 1044 AD in China -progressively developed -Mongols are credited with its movement -3 different components at a ratio of 10:15:75 -sulfur, charcoal and saltpeter (Sarah, I know saltpeter is 75% but I don’t know which percentages the other two correspond to) -emergence as a viable weapon takes 100s of years because it involved a lot of dangerous experimentation -it’s hard to find saltpeter -animal and human waste -saltpeter fields in China -rare, in nature, in Europe -eventually kings placed saltpeter taxes on urban communities because it was so desperately needed -saltpeter also imported from India
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