Why Is Glass Transparent? [Science]

By Jason Fitzpatrick on March 21st, 2011

The transparency of glass is such a fundamental component of our daily lives–it allows light into our homes, high visibility while driving our cars, and the color of wine to be admired–but many people misunderstand why exactly glass is transparent while other solid materials are not. Watch this informative video to find out why.

Professor Moriarty explains, in the video above, why the properties of glass allow light to pass through and how it has everything to do with photon/electron interaction and nothing to do with the commonly held misconception that glass is some sort of leaky loosely constructed solid.

Energy Gap: Why Glass Is Transparent [Sixty Symbols via i09]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/21/11
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