@douglas442: "...if you still have copies of scientific and technical catalogs dating from the early 1980's..."
I do, and maybe some even earlier. This includes several of the hard-bound HP instrument catalogs, and even a couple of semocnductor ones, although I did get rid of my old TI "mustard leather-bound" ones too long ago to remember.
"You might be an engineer if you still have copies of scientific and technical catalogs dating from the early 1980's"?...
... or is that just me?
@mhrackin: My use of "Pyrex" (copyright of the originator of borosilicate glass) likely gives away my age... I had seen the "flask mug" a while ago...
This is one of my treasures, a relic from that bygone era... a time when they used to give away things like this in boxes of laundry soap, and also in appreciation for requesting copies of those scientific catalogs:
... from about 44 years ago, I think... a time when I, also, still had hopes of a fulfilling career in chemistry.
@tonytib: My use of "Pyrex" (copyright of the originator of borosilicate glass) likely gives away my age; these days it's almost become "genericized" (like kleenex). It works because its coefficient of thermal expansion is almost nil. 50+ years ago, when I was torn between chemistry and electronics as careers, I had a substantial chem lab with almost every kind of glassware made; as I recall, even the Pyrex stuff would break if heated dry/empty.
Isn't most chem lab glassware borosilicate? IIRC, if you want glassware to survive direct heat (stovetop, burner, etc) without shattering, it has to be either borosilicate or tempered.
I do have a Corning Visions glass pan. Also, I believe my Bodum tea pot is borosilicate, but it's listed as a pot, not a kettle, so I haven't (and won't) try it on a burner. However, I have seen some glass tea kettles made from borosilicate.
Then, of course, there are my Schott glasses, a swag gift from Schott Glass at a tradeshow (probably Photonics West).
Heh, think "Erlenmyer Flask". Apparently, they also make beverage containers. See for instance <http://www.greatglas.com/ErlenmeyerFlaskMug.htm>. Perhaps Max would like one of these for his daily dose of H2O.
@barbara-99: "(3) Prefers using borosilicate glassware for her coffee or tea."
I don't quite get this one. However, my non-engineer wife (daughter of an engineer!) does prefer transparent glassware (some Pyrex, others not) for HER coffee and tea (she drinks both, with the coffee "for medicinal purposes only").