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- DescriptionPicture, if you can, a world without glass. There would be microscopes or telescopes, sciences of microbiology or astromy. People with poor vision would grope in the shadows, and planes, cars, and even electricity probably wouldn't exist. Artists would draw without the benefits of three-dimensional perspective, and ships would still be steered by what stars navigators could see through the naked eye. In Glass: A World History , Alan Macfarlane and Gerry Martin tell the fascinating story of how glass has revolutionized the way we see ourselves and the world around us. Starting ten thousand years ago with its invention in the Near East, Macfarlane and Martin trace the history of glass and its uses from the ancient civilizations of India, China and Rome through western Europe during the Renaissance, Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution, and finally up to the present day. The authors argue that glass played a key role t just in transforming humanity's relationship with the natural world, but also in the divergent courses of Eastern and Western civilizations. While all the societies that used glass first focused on its beauty in jewellery and other ornaments, and some later made it into bottles and other containers, only western Europeans further developed the use of glass for precise optics, mirrors and windows. These techlogical invations in glass, in turn, provided the foundations for European domination of the world in the several centuries following the Scientific Revolution. Clear, compelling and quite provocative, Glass is an amazing biography of an equally amazing subject, a subject that as been central to every aspect of human history, from art and science to techlogy and medicine.
- Author BiographyAlan Macfarlane is professor of anthropological science at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of King's College and the British Academy. His fourteen books include Wilchcraft in Tudor and Stuart England, The Origins of English Individualism, and The Riddle of the Modern World. Gerry Martin is a former managing director and cofounder of Eurotherm Ltd. He has long been a historian of glass instruments, especially microscopes.
- Author(s)Alan MacFarlane,Gerry Martin
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication31/10/2002
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Note20 halftones
- Weight413 g
- Width140 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine26 mm
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