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Stuff Matters The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World

by Mark A. Miodownik

eBooks of the Month Popular Science The Real World

Stuff Matters The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World Synopsis

Winner of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2014.

Everything is made of something...From the everyday objects in our homes to the most extraordinary new materials that will shape our future, Stuff Matters reveals the inner workings of the man-made world, the miracles of craft, design, engineering and ingenuity that surround us every day. From the tea-cup to the jet engine, the silicon chip to the paper clip, from the ancient technologies of fabrics and ceramic to today's self-healing metals and bionic implants, this is a book to inspire amazement and delight at mankind's creativity.

Stuff Matters The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World Press Reviews

'Enthralling ... a mission to re-acquaint us with the wonders of the fabric that sustains our lives.'



'A certain sort of madness may be necessary to pull off what he has attempted here, which is a wholesale animation of the inanimate: Miodownik achieves precisely what he sets out to.'

-The Times


'Insightful, fascinating. The futuristic materials will elicit gasps. Makes even the most everyday substance seem exciting.'

-Sunday Times


'Expert, deftly written, immensely enjoyable.'



'Wonderful. Miodownik writes well enough to make even concrete sparkle .'

-Financial Times


'I stayed up all night reading this book. Miodownik writes with such knowledge, such enthusiasm, such a palpable love for his subject..'

- Oliver Sacks


'Superb storytelling ... fascinating ... a delightful book on a subject that is relatively rarely written about.'

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ISBN: 9780241955185
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241955185
Publication date: 6th March 2014
Author: Mark A. Miodownik
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Popular Science, The Real World,
Categories: Popular science, Materials science,

About Mark A. Miodownik

Mark Miodownik is Professor of Materials and Society at UCL, scientist-in-residence on Dara O Briain's Science Club (BBC2) and presenter of several documentaries, including The Genius of Invention (BBC2). In 2010, he gave the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, broadcast on BBC4. He is Director of the UCL Institute of Making, which is home to a materials library containing some of the most wondrous matter on earth, and has collaborated to make interactive events with many museums, such as Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery and Wellcome Collection.

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