The Indifference Engine
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Originally Posted by weebel View Post
Burning is the rapid oxidation of a fuel source. The addition of heat and oxygen allows complex carbon and hydrogen chain compounds to break down to produce carbon dioxide and dihydrogen monoxide. This is why most fire suppression systems work on a smothering principle. You saturate the area with something that prevents oxygen from getting to the fuel and cools the area to prevent reignition.
Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.
Last edited by Sev; 11-14-2012 at 11:08 PM.