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At what temperature does paper burn?

Date: Wed Jul 16 22:53:41 1997
Posted by Alwin Marc Ventura
Grade level: 7-9
School: Piscataway HS
City: Piscataway State/Province: NJ
Country: USA
Area of science: Earth Sciences
ID: 869111621.Es


At what temperature does paper burn?

When the author Ray Bradbury was writing a book about a future society which had banned books and enforced this ban by burning them, he decided to name the book after the burning point of paper. I have heard he called lots of scientist friends, but none could tell him at what temperature paper burned. With a flash of insight, he called the local fire department. Without hesitating, the fireman said "451 degrees". Bradbury named the book "Fahrenheit 451".

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