Stuff Matters

Stuff Matters

Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-made World

Book - 2014
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"Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paperclip bend? Why does any material look and behave the way it does? With clarity and humor, world-leading materials scientist Mark Miodownik answers all the questions you've ever had about your pens, spoons, and razor blades, while also introducing a whole world full of materials you've never even heard of: the diamond five times the size of Earth; concrete cloth that can be molded into any shape; and graphene, the thinnest, strongest, stiffest material in existence--only a single atom thick.Stuff Matters tells enthralling stories that explain the science and history of materials. From the teacup to the jet engine, the silicon chip to the paper clip, the plastic in our appliances to the elastic in our underpants, Miodownik reveals the miracles of engineering that permeate our lives. As engaging as it is incisive, Stuff Matters will make you see the materials that surround you with new eyes"--
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
Description: xviii, 252 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780544236042
Branch Call Number: 620.11 Mio
Additional Contributors: Miodownik, Mark. Stuff matters


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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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