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Alchemical Glassware

11 December 2017

Antonio Neri (1598-1600), "Libro intitulato Il tesoro del mondo" f. 38 In the introduction of L'Arte Vetraria, his 1612 book on glassmaking, Antonio Neri discusses the technical...

Torricelli and Glass

8 December 2017

Evangelista Torricelli by Lorenzo Lippi, circa 1647 Evangelista Torricelli (1608–1647) is remembered as the inventor of the mercury barometer. Lesser known are a number of significant...

Michel Montaigne

6 December 2017

Michel Montaigne Anonymous (17th century). Michel Montaigne (1533–1592) was the proprietor of a vineyard and later a mayor of Bordeaux, France. However, his claim to fame in...

A Philosophical Explosion

4 December 2017

Glass drops demonstration in slow motion Previously, we started a tour through Europe that followed the introduction of an item called a "glass drop,"  "Prince Rupert's drop"...