The Science of Fireworks!

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A brief history of the modern firework.

Professor Chris Bishop, presenter of the 2008 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, gives a family lecture on the history of the modern firework.

Through demonstrations of pyrotechnic chemistry hear how Chinese incendiaries made from honey led to the development of gunpowder; discover how the loud bangs of fireworks are routed in the origins of photography; and find out how an accident in a nineteenth-century kitchen sparked a new chemistry for firework making.

Recorded at the University of Cambridge on the 4 November 2011.

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Event
People:
Professor Chris Bishop
Location:
Cambridge, UK
Published:
2013
Filmed:
2011
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Somersault Video Productions

Licence: All Rights Reserved © Cambridge University

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