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How Glass Changed the World

The History and Chemistry of Glass from Antiquity to the 13th Century

Authors: Rasmussen, Seth C.

  • Provides an overview of the history and chemistry of glass technology
  • Describes the impact glass has had on society today especially on chemical practices
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Glass production is thought to date to ~2500 BC and had found numerous uses by the height of the Roman Empire. Yet the modern view of glass-based chemical apparatus (beakers, flasks, stills, etc.) was quite limited due to a lack of glass durability under rapid temperature changes and chemical attack. This “brief” gives an overview of the history and chemistry of glass technology from its origins in antiquity to its dramatic expansion in the 13th century, concluding with its impact on society in general, particularly its effect on chemical practices.

About the authors

Seth C. Rasmussen is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo (seth.rasmussen@ndsu.edu). He received his B.S in Chemistry from
Washington State University in 1990 and his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Clemson University in 1994, under the guidance of Prof. John D. Peterson. As a postdoctoral associate at
the University of Oregon, he then studied conjugated organic polymers under Prof. James E. Hutchison. In 1997, he accepted a teaching position at the University of Oregon, before moving
to join the faculty at NDSU in 1999. Active in the fields of materials chemistry and the history of chemistry, his research interests
include the design and synthesis of conjugated materials, photovoltaics (solar cells), organic light emitting diodes, the application of history to chemical education, the history of materials, and chemical technology in antiquity. As both author and editor, Prof. Rasmussen has contributed to books in both materials and history and has published more than 50 research papers. He is a
member of various international professional societies including the American Chemical Society, Materials Research Society, Alpha Chi Sigma, Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, and the International History, Philosophy & Science Teaching Group.
Prof. Rasmussen currently serves as the Program Chair for the History of Chemistry division of the American Chemical Society and as Series Editor for Springer Briefs in Molecular Science: History of Chemistry.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Rasmussen, Seth C.

    Pages 1-9

  • Origins of Glass: Myth and Known History

    Rasmussen, Seth C.

    Pages 11-19

  • Development and Growth of Glass Through the Roman Period

    Rasmussen, Seth C.

    Pages 21-35

  • Reinventing an Old Material: Venice and the New Glass

    Rasmussen, Seth C.

    Pages 37-50

  • Applications to Chemical Apparatus

    Rasmussen, Seth C.

    Pages 51-67

Buy this book

eBook $34.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $49.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-28182-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
How Glass Changed the World
Book Subtitle
The History and Chemistry of Glass from Antiquity to the 13th Century
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in History of Chemistry
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-28183-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-28183-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-28182-2
Series ISSN
2212-991X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 85
Number of Illustrations and Tables
18 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
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