The Wonders of Physics / Department of Physics
Phone (608) 262-2927 -- The Wonders of Physics
2103 Chamberlin Hall
1150 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706-1582
Scheduled presentations of The Wonders of Physics are given on the UW-Madison campus for the general public in mid-February each year. Free tickets are recommended and are available after January 1st using the online ticket form. The next public presentations of The Wonders of Physics are scheduled as follows:
Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 1, 4, and 7 pm
Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 1 and 4 pm
Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 1, 4, and 7 pm
Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 1 and 4 pm
Special presentations at the UW-Madison or at your school can usually be arranged for groups of various sizes. A donation is requested to cover the cost of these presentations, which is about $200 to $500 plus travel for non-local presentations.
The Wonders of Physics is aimed at generating interest in physics among people of all ages and backgrounds. The heart of the program is a fast-paced presentation of physics demonstrations carefully chosen to be entertaining as well as educational. Professor Clint Sprott and his costumed assistants enable the audience to witness the laws and principles that guide the behavior of motion, heat, sound, electricity, and magnetism that we encounter every day. While some of the experience may seem more like magic - such as the mysterious disappearance of Sprott - they can always be explained with physics.
The show has been presented by Sprott on the Madison campus over 170 times to a total audience of about 70,000. In addition a smaller traveling show has been developed and presented by physics graduate students and staff several hundred times to audiences of all ages throughout Wisconsin and the nation.