Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Laughing in the face of history - Flexible Glass

Flexible glass is a legendary lost invention from the time of the reign of the Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar.

As recounted by Isidore of Seville, the craftsman who invented the technique brought a drinking bowl made of flexible glass before Caesar who threw it to the floor.

The material dented, rather than shattering.

The inventor then repaired the bowl easily with a small hammer.

After the inventor swore to the Emperor that he alone knew the technique of manufacture...

Tiberius had the man beheaded.

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