Stuff Matters

Stuff Matters

Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-made World

eBook - 2014
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An eye-opening adventure deep inside the everyday materials that surround us, from concrete and steel to denim and chocolate, packed with surprising stories and fascinating science.
Publisher: New York, New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
ISBN: 9780544237049
0544237048
Characteristics: 1 online resource : illustrations
Contents: Indomitable
Trusted
Fundamental
Delicious
Marvelous
Imaginative
Invisible
Unbreakable
Refined
Immortal
Synthesis.
Summary: An eye-opening adventure deep inside the everyday materials that surround us, from concrete and steel to denim and chocolate, packed with surprising stories and fascinating science.

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ricardohdz
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.

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derilyn
Feb 21, 2016

This was a very interesting read

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StarGladiator
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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