Glass has truly been the Eye of Science in man's progression of scientific discovery. In about 1500 BC, Egyptians developed methods for glassmaking and in 650 BC, a Syrian stone tablet was discovered and is believed to be the first glassblowing instruction manual ever published. These early developments in glassblowing techniques carried science to the forefront of discovery.
In these ancient Egyptian glass developments, medicine bottles and flasks for distillation brought on new techniques for creating and storing medicines and fragrances. Galileo's glass manometer tube experiments would have been much more difficult had he not been able to see the barometric changes in his column of mercury. The development of the compound microscope in the 1600's allowed man to see for the first time, more than he could with a naked eye. The role of glass in scientific discovery is immeasurable.
Since it's inception in 1952, the ASGS has chronicled the development of new glassblowing techniques, procedures, and materials in the publication Fusion, Journal of the American Scientific Glassblowers Society. In much the same way as the Syrian stone tablet shared glassblowing techniques for the ages, the ASGS continues the legacy of teaching and sharing scientific glassblowing information. It is our hope that your interest in scientific glassblowing will lead you to join us in this mission of sharing technical information.
Glass, the eye of science and carrier of light.