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The modern mirror was invented in 1835 by German chemist Justus von Liebig. However, people have been using various polished stones and metals as mirrors for at least 8,000 years. More »

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Manufacturers make mirrors by coating a thin layer of metal onto glass. Once the coating dries, the manufacturer places a protective coating over it to prevent scratches or the wearing away of the coating. On most househ... More »

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A concave mirror is spherical and curves like a spoon and the curved surface has an inner surface that acts as the reflecting surface. Convex mirrors have an outer surface as the reflecting surface. The properties and im... More »

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