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"Deeply satisfying."

                     -- Los Angeles Review of Books


"Recommended reading for anyone interested in the cultural history of technology."
                      -- Cultural History


“This brilliant book takes us through the looking glass, allowing us to see an everyday material in a whole new light.”

                      -- Colin Milburn, Professor of English and Science & Technology                                   Studies, University of California Davis, USA

Pause and look around: you will see that you are surrounded by glass. It reflects and refracts light through your windows; it encircles a glowing filament above you; it's in a mirror hanging on the wall; it's the window through which you read this. What can the history of this curious substance tell us about who we are and how we wish to be?


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