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The Glass Bathyscaphe

Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: History & Classics

The Glass Bathyscaphe

How Glass Changed the World

Gerry Martin, Alan MacFarlane

Glass is one of the greatest accidents in the history of humankind.

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9781847651013 (13 Oct 2011)

About the book

A narrative history of glass from discovery, through antiquity, the Enlightenment, the Scientific and Industrial Revolutions to the present. It charts the history of the technology but also the enabling effects of glass on such aspects of civilization as experimental science, perspective, astronomy, zoology and all manner of scientific instrumentation - plus the central role of window-glass technology in making the colder north habitable. The authors show how the divergence in glass technology between west and east (China and Japan) explains differential aspects of E/W development. The last chapter develops the intriguing thesis that glass is one of the principal factors in the development of western civilization.

About the author

Gerry Martin is an industrialist who has made the history of glass technology his hobby.Alan Macfarlane is Professor of Anthropology at Cambridge. He has often visited and taught in Japan.


A stimulating read that will make you think about the material world in a new way

- Julian Henderson, New Scientist

Fascinating... a riveting story... the authors' explanations are wide-ranging and ingenious... presented with energy and insight. By piecing together "the shattered history of this extraordinary substance" Macfarlane and Martin have made a valuable contribution to the wider social history of technology.

- Richard Hamblyn, Sunday Times

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: History & Classics

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