There’s evidence of all early civilisations making strides to control and understand nature. In the beginning, science and magic were considered one and the same – and fire remained a powerful yet mysterious phenomenon for thousands of years. It was humankind’s discovery of fire that kick-started our evolution into a technological species: we harnessed it to make tools, cook food and develop new materials – and we inadvertently made it deadlier. But the science of fire has been uncovered along the way, helping us to improve fire safety.

the science of fire