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Question: Who invented soda?

For centuries, people in Europe prized bubbly spring water. They thought it made people healthier. So in the 1700s many chemists worked to discover nature's secret. France's Antoine Lavoisier, nown as the founder of modern chemistry, discovered the gas in the bobbles was made of carbon and oxygen. We call it carbon-dioxide. In 1775, John Mervin Nooth succeeded in making some bubble water in his English lab. Not long afterward, factories were bottling soda water. As years passed, people added tastes and smell with oils, fruit flavors, sugar and spices. Dr. Pepper, Coca-Cola and Hires Root Beer appeared in 1886.