Can you melt a book?

So if you apply extreme heat to a book in either an inert or vacuum chamber, what happens.

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Books? No. Not even under vacuum. But have you tried clocks?  With clocks it is a whole different story. Just ask Salvador Dali.
salvador-dali-melting-clocks.jpg (author)  Jack A Lopez6 years ago
My Spanish teacher has this in her room, I was looking at it today
7654321 jj.inc6 years ago
thats weird, mine does too
The choice of this print, for adorning the wall of a Spanish classroom, might have something to do with the fact that Dali was Spanish. You know, he was born in Spain, spoke Spanish, painted that painting while living in Spain.
Burf6 years ago
Melt? No, not under any circumstances that I have ever heard of.
Heat it in the absence of oxygen and it turns into charcoal.
...and in the absence of oxygen charcoal won't melt either, above 5000 C it simply sublimes.

What if its under intense pressure and makes diamonds, I think you can melt those.
Diamonds burn at about 1550 deg. in standard air.
Somewhere around here there's got to be an instructable or two on the subject of making charcoal. Um... here:

Anyway, I don't think any of those 'ibles use books as the starting material, but if they did, I am guessing you'd get the same result, and that it would be black, and sooty, and crumbly, and illegible.

under enough height anything can melt
rickharris6 years ago
Fahrenheit 451!

Famous book title taken from the fact that Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which paper burns.
FoolishSage6 years ago
The chemical bonds will fail within each molecule before the molecules have enough energy to act as a liquid. This is known as pyolysis. It will break up complex molecules into the most stable simple molecules that can be reached. (that is, if I understood the process correctly ;) )
See also: Sun, the


depends on how much heat really.