The Chemistry of Fireworks
Posted on July 4, 2012 Comments (2)
The video features John A. Conkling, Ph.D., who literally wrote the book on fireworks — he is the author of The Chemistry of Pyrotechnics.
The earliest documentation of fireworks dates back to 7th century China.
A Syrian named Hasan al-Rammah wrote of rockets, fireworks, and other incendiaries, using terms that suggested he derived his knowledge from Chinese sources, such as his references to fireworks as “Chinese flowers”.
Chinese fireworks began to gain popularity around the mid-17th century.