Essays on Science and SocietyBEYOND THE IVORY TOWER

A World of Glass

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Science  03 Sep 2004:
Vol. 305, Issue 5689, pp. 1407-1408
DOI: 10.1126/science.1093597

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There is much debate about what caused the remarkable changes that swept through Europe between 1200 and 1850 in the form of the Renaissance and the industrial and scientific revolutions. In this month's Science and Society Essay, Macfarlane and Martin, discuss how glass contributed to these changes by improving everyday life and altering scientific thinking, ultimately helping to usher in our modern world.