Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Museum Exhibition of the Moment

On a recent vacation, we went to the Montreal Science Centre for the afternoon.  The exhibit on silicon-based glass in all its forms was interesting.  The only time that rheology reared its head in the exhibit was when glass was described as a solid liquid.
The videos attached to the website (in French with English subtitles) are excellent and cover mechanical resistance, electrical resistance, and thermal resistance.  I particularly enjoyed the mechanical resistance video, which compared an impact-resistant windshield to a peanut butter sandwich.
I did some work on inorganic glasses when I was a post-doc at the University of Texas at Austin.  One of the first things I learned was how unusual silicon-based glasses are, compared to other inorganic glasses.  In particular, they have a high melting point and do not dissolve in water.

Note: the Centre is also hosting an exhibit on human sexuality, which may trip Internet filters and is NSFW.


  1. "Note: the Centre is also hosting an exhibit on human sexuality..."

    And not a single mention of rheology in connection with this? You are a stronger man than I.

  2. Let's just say that the exhibit was very French, and it won't be appearing in the United States anytime soon.