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The Exotic Glasses of Rennes (France): Local Knowledge-Making in Global Telecommunication

Abstract : This chapter tackles the question of local knowledge-making in changing scientific and economic environments in the field of advanced materials. It relies on a case study at the University of Rennes, in Western France, where the chemistry laboratory of Jacques Lucas conducted a program on non-oxide glass materials from the 1960s onwards. The chapter aims at explaining how the local production of these “exotic glasses” in Rennes was both shaped by a bench culture of solid-state chemistry and international R&D supported by the telecommunications industry. This case exhibits how research on materials was organized by a transatlantic division of labor in the Western world.
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Pierre Teissier. The Exotic Glasses of Rennes (France): Local Knowledge-Making in Global Telecommunication. P. Teissier, C. Mody, B. Van Tiggelen. From Bench to Brand and Back: The Co-Shaping of Materials and Chemists in the Twentieth Century, III (2), pp.117-151, 2017, Cahiers François Viète. ⟨halshs-01566003⟩

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