Back in the late 1800’s a Swedish chemist named Alfred Nobel accidentally spilled some nitroglycerine liquid by mistake as he was lifting a bottle from a box of fine powder call keiselguhr.
This should have exploded as it is very easily set off but instead it formed a paste with the powder. Therefore, Nobel discovered that although the mixture was still explosive it was now a safer way to handle it.
He named it ‘Dynamite’ from the Greek word dunamis, meaning power.
He made his fortune from this invention and on his death it was discovered that he used it to create annual awards including one for peace which continues to this day.