PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a (more…)
Premiered: March 3, 1974
Season 29, Episode 12 Fireworks!
First Aired: January 30, 2002
Exploring why pyrotechnics is both an art and a science. It is, says narrator Stacy Keach, "a blend of ancient science, modern technology and pure imagination." The hour traces its history to China 1,000 years ago. Marco Polo brought fireworks to Italy in the 13th century, and Italians have been at the forefront of pyrotechnics since. In the U.S., the Zambellis of Pennsylvania call themselves "the first family of fireworks," and displays are seen here, along with ones from Seattle and Boston.
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