In words and glass, collaboration unlocks birth of modern chemistry
Hidden in the logo of the world’s largest scientific society, likely unknown to many members, is a triangular symbol telling the story of a partnership that drove the development of modern chemistry.
Now, in their own partnership, two University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers are telling that story, in words and glass.
In an interdisciplinary collaboration, historian of science Catherine Jackson and scientific glassblower Tracy Drier are delving into the foundations of modern chemistry and its reliance on specialized glassware. Through historical research and the re-creation of iconic glass apparatus, Jackson and Drier aim to uncover the beginnings of Drier’s profession and its contribution to the field of chemistry as it matured in the 19th century.