I woke up today with a question of what is fire; looked up the definition and the first response was that fire was rapid oxidation.
I was curious what the difference was between rapid oxidation and regular oxidation that we have all around us as seen with metals rusting, book pages yellowing, artificial aging, paint drying, apples browning due to air exposure.
I cannot find an answer to what the difference between rapid and regular oxidation is, other than the speed of the reaction, and the visibility of the reaction when it becomes fast enough.
I am curious whether there is any difference at all between metals "rusting", paper "burning"/"aging", paint "drying", or if these are all different names for the same process at different rates.
Is it reasonable to say that there is fire everywhere there is oxidation occuring, but it's invisible until the reaction is fast enough?