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‘Science is fun’ offers traditional July Fourth show

July 1, 2014 By David Tenenbaum

Chemist and stage master Bassam Shakhashiri will present “Science and Fireworks: Sights and Sounds for Independence Day,” on the Memorial Union Terrace July 4.

Photo: Shakhashiri fireworks demonstration

Bassam Shakhashiri thrills an audience with the science of fireworks in June 2009.


Shakhashiri, a UW–Madison professor of chemistry, has entertained and enlightened the public for decades at standing-room-only demonstrations. He will be joined by Rodney Schreiner of the chemistry department and Mike Leckrone with members of the UW Band.

The event will begin at 8:15 p.m. and last for one hour.

Tickets are not required, says Shakhashiri. “Independence Day is a great American tradition, but it’s also a great way to deliver some fascinating science. Science, fun and fireworks are a great combination!”    

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