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Can you melt a book? Answered

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

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Jack A LopezBest Answer (author)2011-05-20

Books? No. Not even under vacuum. But have you tried clocks?  With clocks it is a whole different story. Just ask Salvador Dali.
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jj.inc (author)Jack A Lopez2011-05-20

My Spanish teacher has this in her room, I was looking at it today

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7654321 (author)jj.inc2011-05-21

thats weird, mine does too

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Jack A Lopez (author)76543212011-05-24

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.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvador_Dal%C3%AD
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Persistence_of_Memory

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Burf (author)2011-05-19

Melt? No, not under any circumstances that I have ever heard of.
Heat it in the absence of oxygen and it turns into charcoal.

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steveastrouk (author)Burf2011-05-20

...and in the absence of oxygen charcoal won't melt either, above 5000 C it simply sublimes.

Steve

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What if its under intense pressure and makes diamonds, I think you can melt those.

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Re-design (author)The Ideanator2011-05-20

Diamonds burn at about 1550 deg. in standard air.

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Jack A Lopez (author)Burf2011-05-20

Somewhere around here there's got to be an instructable or two on the subject of making charcoal. Um... here:

https://www.instructables.com/pages/search/search.jsp?q=make+charcoal

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.

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thats mr sonic to you (author)2011-05-20

under enough height anything can melt

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rickharris (author)2011-05-20

Fahrenheit 451!

Famous book title taken from the fact that Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which paper burns.

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FoolishSage (author)2011-05-19

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 ;) )

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frollard (author)FoolishSage2011-05-19

See also: Sun, the

:)

depends on how much heat really.

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