• Mysteries and Riddles: the French "Mirror" Revolution


    Inspired by their king Louis XIV, the French learned how to make their sheet glass. Unlike the glass that was blown out, sheet glass could be made larger and the prices for mirrors fell. A chic mirror gallery of 306 mirrors appeared in Versailles.

    The British, too, did not stand aside: the Duke of Buckingham lured away to him some of the masters of mirrors.

    Mirror Gallery of Versailles
    Mirror Gallery of Versailles
     In the 18th century, affordable mirrors slowly began to appear in the apartments of citizens and the gallant ladies and gentlemen wore small mirrors on their belts as decorations.

    The church, by the way continued to consider the mirror the instrument of the devil.

    In 1835, a historic event took place: the German Justus von Liebig used silver to make mirrors with a clear and clean image. About the same technology, mirrors are made until now.

    In Russia, the mirrors appeared late, along with the Hanseatic merchants. The church immediately declared it to be the devil's weapon.

    Reflecting Telescope
    Reflecting Telescope
    In the Middle Ages, the devil had a lot of guns: he did not disdain even tomatoes, glasses and potatoes. Any achievement of science and technology in the religious minds of that time was necessarily associated with the devil. Perhaps that is why there are still many superstitions associated with mirrors: for example, it is believed that the human soul is reflected in the mirror, so the mirrors are curtained in the house of the dead man. They were very afraid to break a mirror - it would lead to trouble. People believed that a mirror opened a passage to another world, so they told fortunes by it.

    Now, in addition to household functions, mirrors are widely used in industry and science. They are used in medicine, microscopes, telescopes, photographic equipment, in the production of reflectors spotlights and headlights, etc.

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