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Glass:: From The First Mirror To Fiber Optics, The Story Of The Substance That Changed The World

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It is the neon sign that blinks on the edge of our consciousness; the wavy, delicate windowpanes in a centuries-old farmhouse; the airy adornment of high-rise architects and playful distraction of daydreaming schoolchildren. Heat resistant or shatterproof, tempered or stained, this magical substance formed of sand and fire has done much more than brighten and beautify: it ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Harper Perennial (first published November 1st 1998)
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Chris Veazey
Dec 21, 2010 Chris Veazey rated it liked it
Sometimes rambling...or maybe I was rambling. Much better clear headed. There are moments of inspiration, long windedness and boredom. Oriented toward the interaction of this material and culture and technology throughout its history. The word "exhaustive" comes to mind. Oh yeah and it was published 12 years ago (1998 from now). Worth it, anyway. It got me interested in other exhaustive books about materials and people. Especially plastic. I sorta despise plastic though so that could be a ...more
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Dec 11, 2015 Bill rated it liked it
This book is not a book about art glass which I thought is was about. It is about the future of glass circa 1990's. Science moves so fast that the book is now a bit out of date. I would recommend skipping this one and reading something more current.
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Dec 13, 2015 Karen Grikitis rated it really liked it
This beautifully-written book about one of the world's most mysterious and important materials is a joy to read. William Ellis has succeeded in turning a potentially very dry topic into something charming and poetic as well as very informative.
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Recommends it for: artists & scientists
Shelves: architectonics
A useful introduction; it begins as many others do, referencing Pliny the Elder.
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