Thursday, July 17, 2008

PEACE PRIZE


A destructive mind? Not at all!

When Alfred Nobel’s nitroglycerine factory blew up in 1864, killing his brother, the Swedish government refused to allow the factory to be rebuilt. Nobel, who had invented dynamite, came to be looked upon as a mad scientist viciously manufacturing destruction. He fought that reputation all his life, finally winning out posthumously with the establishment of the Nobel Prizes in his will.

6 comments:

Monching said...

Was he the inventor of TNT?

Bay Martin said...

Tago nang tago??? Di ba sa USofA 'yon, ha ha ha!!!

Nobel did not invent TNT. It was invented in 1863 by a German chemist, Joseph Wilbrand. The acronym TNT means, trinitrololuene.

Monching said...

Thanks! I thought TNT and nitroglycerine were the same. Kakahiya!

Bay Martin said...

OK! nitroglycerin, sometimes spelled with an "e" at the end. It's the same as trinitroglycerine. It is also used medically for treatment of heart conditions, such as angina and chronic heart failure.

Monching said...

Thanks! We're having problem with our internet connection. I'll take note of the correct spelling, too!

Reading your other entries!

Bay Martin said...

We're connection problems, too! It's been three days now. Our IT people are saying, the problem is with our server.

Thanks!