Author: J. Šesták
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  • 1 Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences Cukrovarnická 10 16253 Praha
  • 2 Charles University Institute of Fundamental Studies Legerova 63 11000 Praha Czech Republic
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Abstract  

Besides a short introduction to historical data on inorganic and polymeric glasses, some aspects of the glassy-state are analyzed: particularly, induced entropy changes, characteristics of the glass transformation and a novel anharmonicity vibrational approach. The horizons and scientific prospects for the nano- and non-crystalline states are discussed.