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A Handbook of Laboratory Glass-Blowing by Bernard D. Bolas is an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning the art of glass-blowing in a laboratory setting. The author, an experienced glass-blower, shares his extensive knowledge and expertise in a well-structured and comprehensive manner throughout the book.

One of the most notable aspects of this book is its clear and concise writing style. Bolas manages to explain complex concepts and techniques in a way that is accessible to both novice and experienced glass-blowers. The step-by-step instructions provided make it easy to follow along and understand the various processes involved in laboratory glass-blowing. The inclusion of detailed diagrams and illustrations further enhances the understanding of the techniques described.

The book covers a wide range of topics related to glass-blowing, including the basic tools and equipment needed, proper handling and safety procedures, glass properties and types, and various glass-forming techniques. This comprehensive approach ensures that readers have a solid foundation in all aspects of laboratory glass-blowing.

What sets this book apart from others on the subject is its emphasis on practicality. Bolas not only explains the techniques but also provides helpful tips and tricks that he has acquired over his years of experience. This invaluable information ensures that readers not only learn the basics but also gain insights into the finer nuances that can only be learned through hands-on practice.

Furthermore, the book goes beyond just teaching the technical aspects of glass-blowing. Bolas touches upon the artistic aspects as well, discussing how creativity and precision combine to create beautiful and functional glassware. This integration of art and science adds a unique dimension to the book, making it more than just a technical manual.

However, one minor criticism is that the book assumes a certain level of prior knowledge in laboratory glass-blowing. While beginners can still benefit from reading it, some sections might be a bit overwhelming initially. However, with patience and practice, the instructions become much more manageable.

In conclusion, A Handbook of Laboratory Glass-Blowing by Bernard D. Bolas is a comprehensive and well-written guide for anyone interested in learning the craft of glass-blowing in a laboratory setting. From its clear instructions and illustrations to its practical tips and artistic insights, this book is a valuable resource for both beginners and experienced glass-blowers alike. Whether you are a scientist, an artist, or simply curious about glass-blowing, this book is a must-read.

First Page:

A HANDBOOK OF LABORATORY GLASS BLOWING

To my Friends Eric Reid and Sidney Wilkinson

A Handbook of Laboratory Glass Blowing

BY

BERNARD D. BOLAS

WITH NUMEROUS DIAGRAMS IN THE TEXT

BY NAOMI BOLAS

[Illustration]

LONDON GEORGE ROUTLEDGE & SONS, LTD NEW YORK: E. P. DUTTON & CO. 1921

CONTENTS

CHAP. PAGE

I. Introduction and Preliminary Remarks General Principles to be observed in Glass Working Choice of Apparatus Tools and Appliances Glass 1

II. Easy Examples of Laboratory Glass Blowing Cutting and Sealing Tubes, Tubes for High Temperature Experiments Thermometer Bulbs, Bulbs of Special Glass, Pipettes, Absorption Bulbs or Washing Bulbs Joining Tubes, Branches, Exhaustion Branches, Branches of Dissimilar Glass, Blowing Bulbs, A Thistle Funnel, Cracking and Breaking Glass, Leading and Direction of Cracks Use of Glass Rod or Strips of Window Glass, Joining Rod, Feet and Supports Gripping Devices for use in Corrosive Solutions The Building up of Special Forms from Solid Glass 10

III. Internal Seals, Air Traps, Spray Arresters, Filter Pumps Sprays, Condensers; plain, double surface, and spherical Soxhlet Tubes and Fat Extraction Apparatus Vacuum Tubes, Electrode Work, Enclosed Thermometers, Alarm Thermometers ... Continue reading book >>




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