Stuff Matters

Stuff Matters

Exploring the Marvellous Materials That Shape Our Man-made World

Book - 2014
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Stuff Matters tells the stories and explains the science behind some of the most fascinating and important inventions of our species- the materials of the man-made world. Many of these inventions are so familiar that we barely notice them - fibres for clothes, metals for tools, ceramics for storage, paper for communication, chocolate for pleasure - and yet they have transformed mankind. Others, such as aerogel, the lightest solid known to man, are utterly strange and literally transparent.

From the towering skyscrapers of our cities to the most ordinary objects in our homes, from the tea cup to the jet engine, the silicon chip to the paper clip, world-leading materials scientist Mark Miodownik reveals the miracles of engineering and ingenuity that permeate every aspect of our lives. Along the way, he introduces metals that can heal themselves and implants that become living bone - radical new materials that will shape our future - as well as showing how every material, in its own way, has a profound effect on who we are.

'Utterly captivating. Every piece of stuff we take for granted in our daily lives has a rich story to tell. A real delight.' Jim Al-Khalili

Publisher: Boston :, Viking, an imprint of Penguin Books,, 2014, ©2013.
ISBN: 9780670920532
Branch Call Number: 620. 11 MIO
Characteristics: 264 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.


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Mar 11, 2018

A short book that will transform the way you look at things, objects and the world itself. All is made of atoms and by the laws of physics; if you comprehend and understand this you will eventually see that our world (and humans as well) are maleable.

The author does a great job to avoid technical jargon and his style makes this scientific subject enjoyable and better to comprehend.

Feb 21, 2016

This was a very interesting read

Dec 06, 2014

This author is brilliant, which reminds me that University College London appears to have an almost monopoly on such types, would rate it well above Oxford and American Ivy League institutions based upon their faculty - - absolutely brilliant, each and every one! Really a tremendous book for the lay person on the wonders of our world relating to materials science.

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Beginning with a photo of himself drinking a cup of tea on a London rooftop, Miodownik (who is the director of the wonderfully named “Institute of Making” at University College London) proceeds to examine ten objects in the photo and, with humor and insight, tell us why we should care about the physical properties of steel, concrete, chocolate (which by the way, he considers to be “one of our greatest engineering creations”), glass and several other materials. Miodownik is a gifted storyteller who makes complex science sound as fascinating as it actually is.
- Wayne Roylance

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