The Chemical Technology of Glass (1913) is an important book which critically discusses the then current states of glass science and technology exactly a century ago.
The book was dedicated to Otto Schott and was intended to assist the staff of his company in their exploration of all the types of glass that could be made and their properties.
It is full of data about glass compositions and properties which are set out in over 300 tables.
Unfortunately, but understandably, Otto Schott decided that it contained too much information that he did not wish to be made available outside the company and he suppressed the book, purchasing the whole edition.
It was then totally neglected for almost a century and only two copies, both in the archives of Schott Glassworks, are known to exist.
Its author, Eberhard Zschimmer (1873–1940), was one of the first appropriately qualified applied scientists to devote the whole of his professional career to studying glass.
His education was completed by studies in mineralogy so that he was already knowledgeable about both optical phenomena and properties of silicate minerals when he joined Otto Schott’s company (Jenaer Glaswerke Schott und Genossen) in 1898 a few months after completing his studies.
Zschimmer’s talents were such that he soon became Schott’s senior scientist and a member of the Board of Directors; he left the firm in 1921 when he was appointed to the staff of the Technical University in Karlsruhe.
He remained there as Professor from 1924 until his retirement.
Professor Michael Cable has translated the text into English from the original German. It includes a Preface from Professor Cable, an appreciation of Zschimmer by Professor Adolf Dietzel from 1940 and photographs of the author.
Price: £55.00 Non SGT members, £35.00 SGT Members