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Joseph Priestley and the Invention of Carbonated Water

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Eliza Nguyen

on 8 April 2013

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Transcript of Joseph Priestley and the Invention of Carbonated Water

Joseph Priestley and the Invention of Carbonated Water DID YOU KNOW? What is Carbonated Water? Life Before Joseph Priestly Joseph Priestley was passionate about politics, religion, and science.
Was an advocate of the American Revolution and French Revolution, which caused him to flee from England.
Took refuge in Pennsylvania where he continued his work as a scientist.
Also known as the inventor of the eraser and was credited with the discovery of oxygen after conducting his carbonated water experiment.* The Impact of Priesley's Invention & Discovery The average American consumes about 50 gallons of carbonated soft drinks yearly. Priestley was able to create carbonated water by placing a bowl of water over a beer vat, which soon caused the air to collect over the fermenting beer. Was invented in 1767 by Joseph Priestley. the man behind carbonated water Known today as club soda, soda water, sparkling water, seltzer water, or fizzy water Is made by fusing carbon dioxide with water. Method of fusing carbon dioxide with water was not introduced to the public until 1772 after it was published in a pamphlet called "Impregnating Water with Fixed Air" The air collected from the fermenting was what Priestley described as "fixed air." The invention of carbonated water led to one of the most significant scientific discoveries:
the existence of oxygen. The health of the people and the state of the hosptials were in terrible condition since people didn't know the existence of OXYGEN.
Surgeons, for example, were operating their patients with rusty surgical tools because they didn't know that metal, when in contact with water and OXYGEN over periods of time, could lead to rust if not taken care of properly.
Since the presence of OXYGEN in the air was unknown, people were unaware of the fact that the pollution in the atmosphere (mostly caused by factories of the Industrial Revolution) was entering their lungs which can cause harm towards the body as well as life-threatening diseases and sicknesses. the Invention of Carbonated Water and Discovery of Oxygen Health Benefits of Carbonated Water high levels of minerals contained in the beverage aid in the function of the digestive system relieves stomach pains, diarrhea, and constipation. Since a majority of the population was living under poor conditions, they were often exposed to food and water contamination, causing stomach pains and problems in the digestive system. Since carbonated water was rather cheap at the time (costing 5 cents or less), they used the beverage as a remedy for pain relief. In 2010, a 30 year old New Zealand mother died from having consumed more than 2 gallons of coca-cola everyday. Priestley's invention of carbonated water and discovery of oxygen led to more research on the importance of oxygen and its many uses. Nowadays, scientists have made use of oxygen for medical purposes, freezing food items, and much more. Not only that, but carbonated water has become a large part of our culture. Carbonated beverages have slowly turned to part of our everyday lives as well- from party drinks to casual refreshments to quench our taste buds. Carbonated water is served EVERYWHERE! the SIGNIFICANCE of Carbonated Water
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