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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 Lopez
Jack A Lopez

Best Answer 9 years ago

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
jj.inc

Answer 9 years ago

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

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7654321
7654321

Answer 9 years ago

thats weird, mine does too

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Burf
Burf

9 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.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 9 years ago

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

Steve

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The Ideanator
The Ideanator

Answer 9 years ago

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

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Re-design
Re-design

Answer 9 years ago

Diamonds burn at about 1550 deg. in standard air.

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Jack A Lopez
Jack A Lopez

Answer 9 years ago

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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rickharris
rickharris

9 years ago

Fahrenheit 451!

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

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FoolishSage
FoolishSage

9 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 ;) )

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frollard
frollard

Answer 9 years ago

See also: Sun, the

:)

depends on how much heat really.