World of Glass
Glass has been used for millennia and is perhaps the oldest man-made material. It is also the most modern: fiber optics made of ultrapure glass form the basis of the internet. In this seminar we will discuss the nature of glass, the evolution of technologies for its manufacture, and the properties which make it a unique and useful engineering material as well as a medium for artists. We will conclude with a demonstration of glass melting and pouring at the Rutgers-Corning glass laboratory.