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One of the most refreshing posts I've read in a long time.

Ahhh... now it comes out. The SciBlogs thing wasn't about ethics. It was a blatant Pepsi/Coke thing...

Seriously, there is an interesting story about Mr. Lavoisier: After Lavoisier was executed during the French revolution, she gathered together all of his notes and publications (which had been confiscated) and published his memoirs. She had been an important assistant in his work and made some contributions to the field of chemistry. She married Count Rumford (another scientist), but they had a horrible four-year marriage before divorcing, with Rumford making some comment to the effect of, "having lived with Mrs. Lavoisier, perhaps Mr. Lavoisier was the one with a more fortunate ending", suggesting that beheading was preferable to living with Marie Anne.

Nothing like some good physics gossip to get the day going. I have a craving for a soda now.

Was early beer not carbonated? It seems like it would be hard to avoid, and looking at the wiki article for sparkling wine it looks like using fermentation to purposely carbonate wine was understood at least by ~1650 by a Christopher Merret.

So I'm calling shenanigans on Preistly being the first to induce artificial carbonation, though he may have been the first to do so to water.

Simplicio: Early beer was more commonly of an "ale" type, fermented in open (or only covered) vats, with the produced carbon dioxide mostly diffusing out through the liquid out into the brewery. So early beer was (mostly) flat.

Lager-style beer is brewed in a pressurized environment, with the pressure being provided by the carbon dioxide given off by the yeast. Lager-style beers are pretty modern, as these things go.

Also, do not (necessarily) look at what comes out of the taps at the pub, most pubs will be using either nitrogen or carbon dioxide to provide pressure in the kegs. This then squirts the beer to the tap and into a waiting glass.

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