The conduction of electrons radiates from a Tesla coil within a plasma ball during a Wonders of Physics show

"Never has there been a time when an understanding of science has been more important to the well-being of individuals and to the nation than the present."


Welcome to The Wonders of Physics at the University of Wisconsin - Madison

The mission of The Wonders of Physics (TWoP) program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is to generate interest in physics among people of all ages and backgrounds. TWoP shows are fast-paced, engaging, and educational physics programs, filled with demonstrations that help people better understand the physics in the world around them, while having fun at the same time! 
Since Professor Emeritus Clint Sprott created the program in 1984, more than 300,000 people have seen our shows, including minority, low-income and rural groups. And we have plans to expand throughout Wisconsin and beyond, allowing us to reach thousands more passionate young, budding scientists.

What are Teachers saying about the Wonders of Physics show?

“It was a great introduction to physics for them, and throughout the year, they would relate concepts to the program.”

“The program generated tremendous discussions amongst the children for quite a few days. It was a wonderful presentation!”

“It was an excellent opportunity for them to see an expansion of science activities that may be discussed in the elementary classroom.”

“I enjoyed watching the excitement of the students. It was very engaging.”

The Wonders of Physics
program is made possible by generous donations from our loyal patrons.