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Kaboom! - The Sizzling Story of Explosions   -  Discontinued

Kaboom! - The Sizzling Story of Explosions

Item Number:
112 min.
Closed Caption:
WGBH Boston Video
Grade Level:
7 - 12
Kaboom!: Follow an explosive trail through the ages, starting in ninth-century China, where alchemists stirred up a concoction meant to provide eternal life. Instead, the strange mix blew up in their faces--and the first pyrotechnics were born. Intrigued by the magical formula, Roger Bacon made a bigger bang by confining the black powder inside a tube. "When the flame of the powder catcheth the soul of man," noted the medieval friar, "it burneth exceeding deep." The way now paved for high explosives, nineteenth-century industrialist Alfred Nobel--known variously as the 'merchant of death' and the founder of the Nobel Peace Prize--in turn pushed nitroglycerin to its dynamite potential. Carrying on this legacy, physicist Robert Oppenheimer unleashed the terrible beauty of the atomic bomb, ironically hoping its awesome power might render war obsolete. What will be our next experiment in search of the ultimate explosion? Fireworks!: Everybody loves fireworks--but why? Behind the dazzling displays and fiery explosions is a colorful past as well as a complex and secretive science that goes back over 1000 years. Discover the chemical secrets that put the bang in the rocket and the fizz in the Roman candle. Special DVD features include printable materials for educators for Fireworks!. Fireworks! includes material that may not be appropriate for younger viewers. Viewer discretion is advised. Special DVD features include: materials and activities for educators; a link to the NOVA Web site; scene selections; and closed captions. On two DVD5 discs. Region coding: Region 1. Audio: Dolby stereo. Screen format: 4 x 3 Full Screen.

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