In the pages of ‘Cast in Time, Book 4,’ readers are transported to a world where time is a malleable concept, and innovations spark revolutions that defy the expectations of the eighth century. One captivating aspect of this narrative is the exploration of groundbreaking innovations, ranging from the art of whiskey distillation to the science behind crafting plastics from oil.
Whiskey’s Journey: A Spirited Tale
Dive into the fascinating narrative of whiskey production as the Ed Nelson navigates the challenges of introducing mass production in an era lacking the workforce to sustain it. Explore the intricacies of creating whiskey from wheat, rye, or barley, and the audacious attempt to teach the Scots the secrets of making scotch, with a cheeky insistence on the correct spelling – “whiskey, not whisky.”
Plastics in the Eighth Century: A Visionary Leap
The narrative takes an unexpected turn as the characters delve into the realm of plastics, a material seemingly out of place in the historical backdrop. Uncover the detailed process of making polypropylene and polyethylene plastics from crude oil, highlighting the technical challenges and ingenious solutions proposed within the story.
Challenges and Triumphs: Steam Cracking and Polymerization
Follow the characters on a journey through the complexities of steam cracking, a process crucial for breaking down hydrocarbons into monomers, the building blocks of plastics. Discover the challenges of achieving an oxygen-free environment and the creative methods employed to ensure the success of this ambitious endeavor. Explore the subsequent polymerization process, where individual monomers are combined to form the versatile and widely used plastics, polyethylene and polypropylene.
A Chemical Engineering Adventure: Selecting the Right Talent
As the characters embark on this groundbreaking project, witness the selection of a young chemical engineering prodigy, Evie, tasked with overseeing the intricate process of separating propane and ethylene from crude oil.