Many of us are familiar with the demonstration of boiling water in a paper cup held over a candle or a Bunsen burner; the ignition temperature of paper is above the temperature of 100 °C at which water boils under standard conditions. A more dramatic demonstration is melting tin held in a playing card. This illustration is from Tissandier's book on scientific recreations.

1.
Gaston
Tissandier
,
Les Récréations Scientifique
, 2nd ed. (
G. Masson
,
Paris
,
1881
), p.
69
.
A translation into English is
Popular Scientific Recreations
(
Ward, Lock and Co.
,
London
, n.d.), p.
74
. This book has been republished by Rarebooksclub.com.
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