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.

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2 Responses to “The Chemistry of Fireworks”

  1. Russ
    August 12th, 2012 @ 12:53 am

    Great video. The vast applications of chemistry in everyday products never ceases to amaze! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Erica Williams
    August 27th, 2012 @ 3:30 am

    There is chemistry for everything, understanding chemistry means holding full command on nature and behaviour of any object. Though understanding nature and reactions are never easy but those who have the ability are called scientists. This is a cool video but working with inflamable chemicals is always risky and dangerous.

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