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We Still Don’t Know Why Glass Exists, Here’s Why

What is glass, and why does it exist? These are some of the questions that researchers think the hypothetical “perfect” form of glass could answer—should they find it.
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Glass is integral to many parts of our modern lives—it is in our smartphones, high-speed fiber optic cables, windows, and so much more. And while we are surrounded by glass in our everyday lives, scientists remain puzzled by the material and why it forms the way it does.

Silica is the type of glass you are probably most familiar with, but there are many more types of glass beyond silica. Glass is mysterious in that it is technically any rigid amorphous solid, which means its atoms and molecules are not arranged in an orderly structure. Instead, they exist in whatever random arrangement they happen to be in when the material cooled and solidified.

Decades ago, researchers came up with an idea: If glass could still flow and settle, then maybe it could reach a hypothetical ideal state where the randomly flowing molecules happened to arrange themselves to be as dense and orderly as possible. This hypothetical “ideal glass” could explain why glass is a liquid with molecules that can’t flow.

While it might not be attainable, researchers are determined to find this ideal form of glass,
Find out more about the quest to find “ideal glass” in this Elements.

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Ideal Glass Would Explain Why Glass Exists at All

“For decades, physicists have dreamed of this perfect amorphous solid. They desire ideal glass not so much for its own sake (though it would have unique, useful properties) but because its existence would solve a deep mystery. It’s the mystery posed by every window and mirror, every piece of plastic and hard candy, and even the cytoplasm that fills every cell.”

To Make the Perfect Mirror, Physicists Confront the Mystery of Glass

“Ideal glass, if it exists, would explain what’s happening in all glass; it would be the state that molecules in regular glass are trying to reach.”

The Nature of Glass Remains Anything but Clear

“Understanding glass would not just solve a longstanding fundamental (and arguably Nobel-worthy) problem and perhaps lead to better glasses. ”

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24 comments

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    So we dont know but we know???

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    If this guy really understood, instead of regurgitating, then maybe we would too

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    very nice. do more videos on glass

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    The title of the video is totally unrelated to the actual video….

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    Up next: We still don't know why we exist

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    So some of the molecular structures in my window can quantum tunnel between different structures.

    So the glass in my window does not have any definable molecular shape to it at any given time. That's cool. It's always changing without changing.

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    Million surprise egg toy videos children US

    glass exists only for me to buy jars made of it to shove it up my arse

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    Sarvesh Sangle

    Make a video on – Is life force a dark matter?

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    Matthew Hunter

    Shelves are crooked

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    one thing we do know is, glass is glass and glass brakes

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    Badabing Bodaboom

    I have no idea what you're talking about

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    Good info

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    InsineGold.in.th4.4 Sriramvong

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    InsineGold.in.th4.4 Sriramvong

    Help me plaes ,Fast29

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    OK, here comes the nerd-out. I'm a little confused about his statements about the liquid/solid state of glass and the suggestion that the 'motion' of the liquid characteristic of glass being effectively imperceptible. I have a Victorian era window restoration business and have personally handled hundreds of panes of 100-140 year old glass. These panes were imperfect when they were manufactured, are some times called 'wavy' glass and are highly prized in window restoration as the original glass has a particular shimmer due to its non-flat imperfect form.

    I can attest that the majority if not nearly all of the 100+ year old pieces of window glass that I have removed and re-installed have an "up" and a "down" edge with the Up or Top edge being noticeably thinner than the Down or bottom edge. Frequently the bottom can be about twice as thick as the top and this can make these panes extremely fragile and brittle. I believe these panes started out about 1/8" thickness but that top edge can get down around 1/16" and the bottom is usually a little over 1/8". The outside dimensions vary but the average dimension of the panes I have worked with is about 6"x10". Also, yes, that background music loop gotta go.

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    Ben the Ignorant

    Next time show the complete message on your t-shirt.

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    Update on this again when the make glass tanks or spaceships. Not before.

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    So…. what's the use of the low-heat-capacity ideal glass? Any cool sci-fi applications we can use it for?

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    From a gaffer – glass is basically melted rocks.

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    So what are we going to use the glass for?

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    Magical Drizzle

    "Paradoxically, randomness can produce order"

    SOLVED: That's how universe(s) is/are born.

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    From the time of the reign of the Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar (between 14–37 AD). As recounted by Isidore of Seville, the craftsman who invented the technique brought a drinking
    bowl made of flexible glass before Caesar who tried to break it, whereupon 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, fearing such material could undermine the value of gold and silver, since the glass might be a more valuable material.

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    Is man a living machine or just a machine that only thinks he is alive? Show me the living matter!

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