The Society of Glass Technology (SGT) has published Glass in Engineering Science Vol. 1, by J A Hemsley.

The main objective of this monograph is to draw together those disparate strands of glass science and technology associated with the optical birefringence.

Throughout the text, a simplified approach has been adopted in presenting the salient features of what is often difficult subject matter, partly to encourage a wider readership.

Theoretical and experimental results from many sources are presented, and copious reference are given in full so that particular fields of enquiry can be pursued in greater depth where necessary.

In this connection, additional emphasis is given to the historical origins of the various scientific discoveries and technological innovations, which often tend to be overlooked.

Indeed, several examples of largely unknown publications have been identified and given deserved recognition herein.

To some degree, therefore, the present compendium is a celebration of the pioneering investigations carried out worldwide by numerous scientists and engineers over the past two centuries.

The cost is £130, or £95 for SGT members.