4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
a great book,
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This review is from: Stuff Matters: The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World (Hardcover)
This book gives us both the history and the science surrounding 10 substances we nowadays exploit in our daily lives - or in some cases at the edge of science. Steel, paper, chocolate, aerogels, plastic, glass, and bodily implants (hip replacements and so on) in turn come under the microscope. The final chapter, attempting to bring together some themes, for me was the weakest spot - I did not find it that memorable.