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Stuff Matters: The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World Hardcover – 6 Jun 2013

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670920541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670920549
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.7 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 119 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 442,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Utterly captivating. Every piece of 'stuff' we take for granted in our daily lives has a rich story to tell. A real delight (Jim Al-Khalili, author of Paradox)

Wonderful. Miodownik writes well enough to make even concrete sparkle (Financial Times)

Insightful, fascinating. The futuristic materials will elicit gasps. Makes even the most everyday substance seem exciting (Sunday Times)

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

Expert, deftly written, immensely enjoyable (Observer)

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

The Master of Materials strikes again. Professor Miodownik has a gift for exciting us with his unique combination of the science and the sensuality of the stuff that the world around is made from (Thomas Heatherwick, designer of the Olympic Flame)

Written with such informed and infectious zeal ... Stuff Matters doesn't just reveal the hidden and amazing structures behind much of what our world is made of, it tells the hidden and fascinating stories too (Quentin Cooper, BBC Radio 4)

Stuff Matters has reminded me that historians can spend too much time looking at what people have said and written, and not enough on the materials with which we have built modern society. I now understand why epochs in human history are defined by the stuff we have used (Dan Snow)

An ode to material science. Miodownik delves into the molecules and history of metal, paper, concrete and chocolate, finding poetry and beauty in the details. It's also about the ingenuity of humankind, the unique ability of humans to understand the materials around us, and to manipulate them (Alice Roberts)

About the Author

Chosen by The Times as one of the 100 most influential scientists in the UK, Mark Miodownik is Professor of Materials and Society at University College London, where he is also Director of the Institute of Making. He is the author of the book Stuff Matters, a New York Times bestseller which won the Royal Society Winton Prize. Mark presents BBC TV programmes on science and engineering such as Everyday Miracles, How It Works, Dara O'Brien's Science Club, and Chefs vs Science and recently made the first BBC documentary to be filmed entirely on smartphones. He writes regularly for the Guardian and Observer.



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