Nova: Kaboom!

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An explosion only requires three parts: ignition, fuel and oxygen. With this simple formula, inventors have come up with a means to destroy the world. Nova traces the history of this chemical reaction in things from fireworks to the atom bomb. Nova: Kaboom! features Alfred Noble, the scientist who discovered and exploited nitroglycerin and later invented dynamite. Noble thought the arms race would end with with this "substance with such a horrific capacity for annihilation that wars would become impossible ...
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An explosion only requires three parts: ignition, fuel and oxygen. With this simple formula, inventors have come up with a means to destroy the world. Nova traces the history of this chemical reaction in things from fireworks to the atom bomb. Nova: Kaboom! features Alfred Noble, the scientist who discovered and exploited nitroglycerin and later invented dynamite. Noble thought the arms race would end with with this "substance with such a horrific capacity for annihilation that wars would become impossible forever." In his wake, however, scientists pressed on, coming up with an even deadlier detonation. The PBS program also introduces pyrotechnicians from around the world, like Revered Ron Lancaster, a small time fireworks vendor, and the Loizeaux family, detonators for the rich and famous. Featuring high-speed photography, Nova takes the viewer into the heart of the quest for a bigger and better boom. ~ Sarah Ing
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/1/2007
  • UPC: 783421418097
  • Original Release: 1997
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  • Source: Wgbh / Pbs
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD

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David Dugan Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Paula S. Apsell Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- NOVA: Kaboom! - The Sizzling Story of Explosions
1. Introduction [:42]
2. The Nature of Explosions [14:19]
3. Black Powder [15:18]
4. High Explosives [11:14]
5. Smokeless Powder [13:13]
Disc #2 -- NOVA: Fireworks!
1. Introduction [2:23]
2. The Science of Pyrotechnics [12:05]
3. The First Family of Fireworks [9:52]
4. Color, Light, and Noise [13:35]
5. Green Man Reborn: Pyro Boy [4:46]
6. Doing the Job Right [11:29]
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