The thermal conductivity of vitreous SiO2, Se, and silica- and germania-based glasses has been measured between 0.05 and 100 °K. Comparison with earlier work on noncrystalline solids shows that they all have the same conductivity within a factor of 5 over the entire temperature range investigated, with the same characteristic plateau around 10 °K, and that their conductivity varies as Tn, n~1.8, below T=1°K. Furthermore, the average phonon mean free path is large by comparison with the phonon wavelength, about 10-4 cm at 2 °K and decreasing as T-4 at larger T, suggesting a Rayleigh-type scattering mechanism. Such a mean free path can be quantitatively explained by approximating the glassy structure with that of a crystal in which every atom is displaced from its lattice site. Then every atom scatters like an interstitial atom, or-even simpler-like one that is missing at its regular lattice site, with a scattering cross section determined by the missing mass (isotopic defect). The specific heat of amorphous SiO2, GeO2, and Se has been found to vary as AT+BT3 between 0.1 and 1 °K, with A=10 erg/g °K2 within a factor of 2. This departure from the Debye specific heat may be characteristic of the glassy state, as all earlier measurements of other glasses [polystyrene, glycerol, Lucite (PMMA)] indicate a similar anomaly. Its origin is not clear. Impurities or surface effects through adsorbed gases are unlikely because of the many samples and experimental techniques used in different laboratories. We have tried to attribute the anomaly to low-lying electronic states, motional states of ions, trapped atoms or large groups of atoms, or one-dimensional vibrations within a three-dimensional solid, so far without success. At the present time, the only independent evidence for these excitations appears to be in the low-temperature thermal conductivity at T<1 °K described above.