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Fireworks : pyrotechnic arts and sciences in European history

Author: Simon Werrett
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, ©2010.
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Fireworks are synonymous with celebration in the twenty-first century. But pyrotechnics have exploded in sparks and noise to delight audiences in Europe ever since the Renaissance. This title shows  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Werrett
ISBN: 9780226893778 0226893774
OCLC Number: 405107205
Description: viii, 359 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Perfecting the pyrotecnique story: the ingenious invention of artificial fireworks --
Philosophies of fire: pyrotechny as alchemy, magic, and mechanics --
A touch of cold philosophy: incendiarism and experiment at the Royal Society --
Spectacular beginnings: fireworks in eighteenth-century Russia --
Traveling italians: pyrotechnic machine in Paris, London, and St. Petersburg --
The Encyclopédie and the electric fire: pyrotechnic contexts for the arts and sciences --
Philosophical fireworks: domesticating pyrotechnics for a polite society --
Conclusion: the geography of art and science.
Responsibility: Simon Werrett.

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