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[*] posted on 24-3-2004 at 21:12
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Im reading Brave New World and in it is this chemical formula, Ch8C6H2(NO2)8 plus then the formula for hg fulminate then that eqauls a big hole in the ground... But wtf does Ch mean?



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[*] posted on 25-3-2004 at 11:55


I've never personally come across something like that with the usage of "Ch". However, one thing is jumping out at me, which is octanitrocubane. This however, doesn't fit.

Perhaps it is a fictional explosive made up specifically for the book. That, or a research or typographical error by Huxley.




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[*] posted on 25-3-2004 at 15:02


The book is very old and we have progressed many fold in science since it was published, so i think its due to time not error.



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[*] posted on 25-3-2004 at 22:51


The book isn't *that* old. I think it's an error.
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[*] posted on 26-3-2004 at 03:19


It's TNT. What you have read as 8's are 3's.



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[*] posted on 26-3-2004 at 09:17


Brave New World was written in 1932. All the basics of today's technology were in place then. It seems to be a very prophetic book. Look at the latest essay at this site, which seems to be very timely for this thread:
http://www.fredoneverything.net/FOE_Frame_Column.htm
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[*] posted on 26-3-2004 at 12:01


Prophetic? How?



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[*] posted on 26-3-2004 at 12:17


It's not "prophetic", it's a work of fiction. A good one at that, but not "prophetic".

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[*] posted on 27-3-2004 at 06:57


Prophetic about the state's intrusions into reproductive matters, good and bad. You are right, it hasn't come to that yet.
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[*] posted on 27-3-2004 at 09:47


It will - remeber this book is set 6 centurys in the future. This kinda shit is starting to happen now...



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[*] posted on 27-3-2004 at 13:13


Oh, don't be ridiculous. What "kinda shit" is starting to happen now?



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[*] posted on 27-3-2004 at 13:34


Well i dont means exactly like that, but its far from ridiculas, its what happens when popluations rise. Organization is rerquired...



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