Starting 10,000 years ago with its invention in the Near East, the history of glass is traced from the ancient civilisations of India, China and Rome through renaissance and enlightenment Europe to the present day. This volume provides a biography of a compelling subject.
Alan 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.