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Science of Glass

Science of Glass

Science of Glass

Remarkable Glass the Stuff of Legends from Ancient Rome

Remarkable Glass the Stuff of Legends

Did flexible glass, so strong that a dent could be knocked out with a hammer, exist in first-century Rome? Probably not  —  but its stories do hold a small, intriguing place in ancient folklore.

While several legends offer conflicting tales, they all paint a picture of a glass formula so remarkable that it threatened to upset an entire Roman economy based on copper, silver, and gold. In fact, as one story goes, the highly prized material caused one unfortunate glassmaker to lose his head.

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