A long slow sequence of invention and discovery has made possible the familiar details of our everyday lives. Mankind’s programme of improvements has been erratic and unpredictable. To talk about fire, we can say fire was invented and not discovered. Though today in an accelerating process which makes the luxuries of one age the necessities of the next, fire has taken its own leap.
Let us learn what fire is-was-would be! How was it invented? Its uses? Its pros and cons, if any? Want to know more? Scroll down! It’s sure to glue you and amaze as well.
The discovery of fire, or, more precisely, the controlled use of fire was, of necessity, one of the earliest of human discoveries. Fire’s purposes are multiple, some of which are to add light and heat, to cook plants and animals, to clear forests or planting, to heat-treat stone for making stone tools, to burn clay for ceramic objects.
For thousands of years, man has mastered — or at least attempted to master — the useful resource of fire. Generating light and heat, fire has many uses and might provide more benefits to people today than at any other point in history. However, when not controlled, fire can cause great destruction and injury.
Long before gas and electricity were invented, people depended on fire for light and heat. For those who lived in caves, which came equipped with built-in central air, summers were manageable, but winters were harsh and it was necessary to find warmth or freeze to death. FIRE was their refuge.
With the wide range of light and heat-generating inventions available today, fire as a source of light and heat tends to be reserved to fireplaces, campsites and barbecue pits. Electricity is a cheaper resource than fuel for fire.
Some Uses of Fire:
Steam bending wood
The listing above is limited to what I could think of sitting at my computer. I’m sure I’ve left out many other applications of one of our most basic tools – including most modern industrial uses such as generating the electricity that runs my PC. Most anthropologists would agree that the ability to use fire and make tools were what separated us from our earlier ancestors and made us human.
Every time you turn on a light in your home, flick on the air conditioner, watch television or use any other appliance, there is a good chance you have fire to thank for the luxury. While it doesn’t seem apparent to many people, electricity does not magically occur without an energy source.
According to the Polymer Science Learning Center website, the vast majority of electricity comes from the burning of fossil fuels. Fuels such as coal, natural gas or oil is burned to heat water and produce steam that builds pressure and forces turbines to turn, creating energy that supplies electricity to the public. Fire is at the root of the process, and, without it, much of the current electrical availability across the country and much of the world would not exist.
Fires require oxygen and fuel to be ignited. With oxygen present in the air, faulty electrical wiring, cigarette butts, static electricity, and even concentrated sunlight can act as fuel and a destructive fire can start. Fires are made more deadly by smoke and toxic gases emitted from consumed materials.
In a nut-shell, all I want to get across is, fire plays an important part in our lives. We cannot outdo fires. What lies in our part is to smartly use resources, keep a check on our happenings around and use fire and not let fire use us. Eventually we may relearn the lessons discovered by our ancestors over hundreds of thousands of years.
P.S: Let us live in luxury with the good face of fire and work together to not see fire’s bad and ugly side.