Science: Hottest Spot

For a temperature which can be sustained and measured, the positive pole of a carbon arc is the hottest place on Earth. Three Cleveland electrochemists who spend their time studying carbon have established this record temperature at close to 6,687° F.

Last week Drs. Newcomb Kinney Chancy, Victor Carl Hamister and Stanley Warren Glass of National Carbon Co. recapitulated their recent experiments and reports for the Electrochemical Society convened in New Orleans. For nearly a century there has been controversy over whether carbon was liquefied in the heat of the arc. The Cleveland chemists...

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