One of its first uses outside of the lab was for fireworks, which were used to ward off evil spirits starting in the 10th century.
However, since at least 1044, it has been used as the destructive and explosive component that we all have come to know.
It is also the medium of choice for the oldest printed book, the The other type of printing is the predecessor of typesetting, called movable type. It began as a theory by Chinese scientist, Shen Kuo during the Song Dynasty in 1088 AD.
The theory wasn’t put into practice until 1298 AD when official Wang Zhen of the Yuan Dynasty created a model arranging the characters by rhyme scheme on a round table with compartments for the characters.
A national currency was introduced in the 11 century using another Chinese original, woodblock printing.
The Chinese initially developed two types of printing: woodblock printing and movable type.
In 1490, Hua Sui perfected movable type by putting the characters on bronze blocks instead of wood or clay.