Two popular television hosts use a sledgehammer, a power saw, and some explosive visual effects to demonstrate amazing glass properties in a set of short, entertaining videos now live on Corning’s YouTube channel.
Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage — known for taking complex scientific concepts and explaining them in lively, understandable ways — introduce viewers to The Glass Age with a brief look at the complex history of glass. And, Savage notes, “as a material, it has properties and characteristics we are only just beginning to understand.”
The first video continues with the pair showing the flexibility of optical fiber and describing the vast capability of glass fiber for transporting data. They look at flexibility of fiber and Corning Willow Glass — as flexible as paper — and test other pieces of glass for characteristics not typically found in glass.
“I like this new Glass Age we’re in,” quips the mustachioed Hyneman.