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Display of Vitreous World exhibit

The Vitreous World 2018-2020

We are surrounded by glass. Our industrialized world produces it in enormous quantities and innumerable varieties. Its most common properties—hardness, chemical inertness, a capacity to transmit light, or to form smooth, flat surfaces—make it suitable for many tasks. A scientist or engineer might describe glass as an amorphous solid consisting primarily of silica in combination with other materials, whose nature and proportion determine the properties of a particular glass…