The Science of Fireworks by Professor Chris Bishop

Professor Chris Bishop gives a 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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