Millions enjoy these displays, but how many of us know what makes a firework go BANG? Or Pop? Or Whizz? How do you make them red? Or white? Or blue? What decides whether they burst as a chrysanthemum or horsetail or spider? What is a chrysanthemum, or horsetail or spider? Find out all this and more when Professor Jackie Akhavan explains the chemistry behind our favourite fiery celebrations at the Edinburgh International Science Festival tomorrow.
Prof Akhavan, Head of the Centre for Defence Chemistry, is involved in research and development of commercial fireworks, pyrotechnics and high explosives and will present an event packed with bangs, whistles and even small explosions.