Microheterotopias: Chemistry Meets Glassblowing

Oct 21, 2022

05:30 PM - 07:00 PM

Chemistry Building, W290

Chemistry Building, Iowa City, IA 52240

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“Desperate to solve chemistry’s greatest problem, Justus Liebig made the first Kaliapparat in 1830. That small piece of glassware started something big. The Kaliapparat made Liebig’s name. But lampworked glassware transformed chemistry. Ever since, chemists have used other worlds in glass—the Microheterotopias of my title—to manage matter. Making Microheterotopias relies on skilled scientific glassblowers. This talk explains what happened when chemistry met glassblowing—and why that connection remains vital today.” - Professor Catherine Jackson, Associate Professor of the History of Science, University of Oxford and Peck Fellow in History, Harris Manchester College

Come join us for a recreation of discovery through the manipulation of glass by flame. Professor Jackson will be joined by Scientific Glassblower, Tracy Drier of Madison, Wisconsin to explore the importance of glassware in scientific discovery.

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