MILLBURN, NJ - n a quest to bring science to youthful attendees in a more hands-on way, the Millburn Public Library hosted a showing of 'That Physics Show' in the main auditorium yesterday evening.
The show, which returned to the library again this year, is a tight one-hour version of the off-broadway production in New York City. The program host for the New York shows, Dave Maiullo, also brings the performance on tour.
Maiullo has done over 570 performances of the show off-broadway, and will usually also do about 40 shows er year at locations such as schools, libraries and senior centers.
For Mauillo, who also works as a professor at Rutgers, bringing the show on the road is a great chance to provide science to the people.
"I feel the more people understand basic science, the more they understand how to think like a scientist, the better off society is," Maiullo said. "Science just basically gives you a good way of thinking logically."
Maiullo also spoke about providing an experience that in some instances can be replicated with home experiments.
"It basically opens their eyes to the fact that physics is everywhere," he added. "Physics is everywhere because physics is everything...if I can show different ways of how the universe works through these experiments and get people an idea of how they can check these things out themselves. It really makes them a scientist in their own right."
In the program, Maiullo, flanked by his assistants, undertook a variety of experiments, including puncturing soda cans with a ping pong ball in a vacuum, showing the diffraction of light with spectral glasses, and laying down on a bed of nails to show the attendees weight distribution.
The most exciting point of the program for many in attendance was when Maiullo exploded a hydrogen-filled balloon with a concussive bang and a flash of light.
One of the children in attendance at the show was Talia Carlton. She was there with mom Rena and dad Judd. Carlton did not need many words to express just how excited she was during the program.
"It was amazing," she said. [My favorite part was] him lying on the nails."
"You should go to all the different ones," she added. "They have [all] different types, and it's really fun."