When I was a very young man in the 1960s, like a lot of people who were not familiar with the term cryogenics, I accepted the secular definition of the uninitiated at the time as that of “freezing a person” and “bringing them back to life” at a later time.
Well, let’s clear the air by starting with a true definition of the term and a few facts on the subject.
The dictionary defines Cryogenics (pronounced cry·o·gen·ics) as the branch of physics that deals with very low temperatures. Physics is the science that deals with matter, energy, motion, and force.
The Scriptures states “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8 (KJV)
Atmosphere – The Air We Breathe
Most people hardly give the atmosphere surrounding the earth a second thought even though it is vital for all life to exist on this planet. We cannot see it but we can feel and hear it so we know it exist.
The atmosphere is made up of approximately 78% Nitrogen, 21% Oxygen and the remaining 1% is comprised of Inert Gases (Argon, Carbon Dioxide, Hydrogen) and a variety of other gaseous elements. Humans must have oxygen for the body to survive.
I was formally introduced to cryogenics as a young soldier in the U.S. Army in 1963. After completing a battery of test and basic infantry training in California I was ordered to the U.S. Army Engineering School in Ft. Belvoir, VA for training as a Liquid Oxygen & Nitrogen Production specialist. Upon completing that training, I spent the remainder of my enlistment tour in Germany supporting a Redstone missile battalion.
Uses For Liquid And Compressed Gases In Society
Upon being discharged and returning to California I was able to gain employment immediately due to my “specialized” training.
There are a wide variety of uses for liquid and compressed gases in industry and for medical uses. There is a specific process that is used to separate the various gases from the atmosphere and convert them into liquids / gases and put them under pressure for preservation, transporting and storage.
One of the important uses for industrial compressed gases is in wielding and processing of many metals. There are a variety of gas mixtures that are used to obtain desired temperatures for wielding various metals together. The list goes on and on.
The uses for gases along with other elements such as acids and solvents in the industrial sector are too numerous to mention here.
Did you know that Helium is “mined” from the ground?
Practically everyone knows about the medical benefits of compressed oxygen in assisting injured persons. There are also many gases that are used as anesthetics and many others are used to control certain bodily functions.
There are certain gases that are used in surgery and to assist in healing the human body.