Deliberations on the earliest usage of natural gas

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A natural gas device for the preparation of fresh water from salt water is known to have been in successful use in China 2500 years ago. Here the facts, as far as they are known, are interpreted according to modern principles. The conclusion is that the developers were remarkably fortunate in that three relevant quantities fixed by nature were such that their design worked. This is demonstrated in semiquantitative terms in what follows.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-10
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Fire Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • natural gas
  • ancient China


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