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Stuff Matters The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World by Mark A. Miodownik
  

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

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

A fascinating read about the nature of the “stuff” that humans have created and the ways we use and interact with such materials. From the simplest paper clip to a complex jet engine, this exuberant book makes science come alive and like many other reviewers I was left asking for more.

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Professor Nicky Clayton FRS, Chair of the judges, said: “Mark Miodownik’s Stuff Matters stood out from the start of the judging process and the decision to name it winner was a unanimous one. This book is very special - it leaves you with a feeling of being intellectually curious and inspired by everything around you and by all the marvellous feats that our species has accomplished. It’s a very personal and engaging story. Reading Stuff Matters, you can’t help but be enthralled by things you didn’t even know you were interested in to begin with.”

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Stuff Matters The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World by Mark A. Miodownik

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.

Reviews

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

-Guardian

'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.'

-Observer

'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.'

-Popular Science

About the Author

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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Publication date

6th March 2014

Author

Mark A. Miodownik

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
272 pages

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ISBN

9780241955185

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