Who Discovered Fire?

It is a rather complex question. Humans discovered fire before they learned to write and read, before they learned to cook food and a lot of other stuff. Therefore, it is not possible to narrow down to the person who lit up the first flame. It is possible that all that must have begun with the attempts to secure fire from natural resources and the experience gained from this helped the primitive man produce fire.


Fire occupies our imagination so much that it is unlikely that there exists a culture which doesn’t have its own version of how the fire was developed. The Greeks thought the fire had been borrowed from the Gods and Zoroastrians, originally from Iran, still revere fire.

It has been speculated that first a type of slow match would have been discovered which might have been followed by a fire-cover. The early fired could have been the meeting points acting more like the restaurants of today. Superstitions and symbolism associated with fire can be attributed to that age. The hearths themselves were known as chimneys but later the meaning of the word changed to denote a tube which carried off the smoke.

Fire is an oxidizing reaction, speaking in terms of chemistry. It requires three components: heat, fuel and oxygen. It is an exothermic reaction–it releases heat. The most common substance used to produce fire is carbon and the burning of carbon releases carbon dioxide (carbon monoxide, if there is not enough oxygen) and water.

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