Other Song military applications of gunpowder included primitive hand grenades, poisonous gas shells, flamethrowers and landmines.
Few substances in history have had as profound an effect on human history as gunpowder, yet its discovery in China was an accident. Go as a Chinese lady! Xue fu wu che is a Chinese idiom describing a learned man.
Carr, K. Nobody knows exactly who was the first to use cannons in war.
Learn how your comment data is processed. For hundreds of years, nobody did use gunpowder much. Karen Carr November 27, 2017 at 10: Noor December 24, 2017 at 4: This is basically the same principal that makes guns work today.
So the opposite effect came out of the original Idea. None of those inventions, however, have had quite the impact that gunpowder has, for good and for bad. Gunpowder in ancient China. History of gunpowder: These raw materials could be easily found at a much lower cost so large quantities of paper could be produced.
Probably they also used gunpowder in stone quarries , to break loose pieces of stone. The invention of gunpowder, and the weapons it is used in, forced war to be in different locations.
Cai Lun, inventor of papermaking. Another advantage of cannons is that they can be shot from far away and have the same damage. By the mid- to late-eleventh century, the Song government had become concerned about gunpowder technology spreading to other countries.
Science in Islamic Africa — medieval African science. Sulphur is found naturally in our environment as a yellow rock, it is mined and processed to create sulphur that can be used in gunpowder. The first picture of a cannon is from 1128 AD , under the Song Dynasty.