Sustainable Materials - with Both Eyes Open: Future Buildings, Vehicles, Products and Equipment - Made Efficiently and Made with Less New Material Paperback – Illustrated, 24 Nov 2011
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'I recently read an excellent book about another key factor: how we make stuff. The book is called 'Sustainable Materials', by a team at the University of Cambridge led by researchers Julian Allwood and Jonathan Cullen. (...) The book's message is clear and convincing: We can't go on using materials the way we have been for the past 150 years, but fortunately, we don t have to. (...) I've read other books about steel, but none of them featured a photo of the Carhenge exhibit in Nebraska. I've read a lot of books about physics, but I don't remember seeing such an extended riff on how atoms act like people dancing in a nightclub. ' --from Bill Gates's blog: https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books/Sustainable-Materials-With-Both-Eyes-Open
About the Author
Julian Allwood is a Reader in Engineering at the University of Cambridge where he leads the Low Carbon Materials Processing research group and is a fellow of Gonville and Caius College. He worked for 10 years for the aluminium industry and currently holds an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship which funds the WellMet2050 project. He is joint editor-in-chief of the Journal of Materials Processing Technology, a vice Chairman of the International Academy of Production Engineering (CIRP) and is a lead author for the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Biography: Jonathan Cullen is a Research Associate in the Low Carbon Material Processing group at the University of Cambridge and a Research Fellow at Fitzwilliam College. After five years as a Chemical Process Engineer in New Zealand he worked as a consultant and development engineer in Peru, before taking an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development and a PhD on the engineering fundamentals of energy efficiency in Cambridge.
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My only minor gripe is that if you are technical enough to make it through this you might find the analogies a bit irritating. The nightclub analogy of processing steel in particular was verging on embarrassing.
The title is also misleading. It deals with five materials: steel, cement, paper, plastic and aluminum.
The way chapters are structured looks like the writers used the dummies guide to writing for dummies to make every chapter more "interesting". Rule one: start every chapter with a compelling example. Some examples:
Chpt 1 "Welcome to this edition of "The World's got Materials " and we'll go straight to the first round: name the first thing that comes …"
Chpt 4 "Let's imagine that you're reading this at the end of a warm day in early summer, sitting outside in your favorite chair …"
Chpt 5 " We're going clubbing, but let's have a drink first. See that small bottle with the cork stopper? Glug-glug-glug. ... "
Chpt 6 "" Good morning, I'd like and office block please", "Certainly Sir - would that be the 4-storey or the 7-storey?" ...
I am in no doubt that the writers put lots of effort into researching the book but I am at a complete loss as to who the audience is suppose to be. It seems to be aimed to grab the attention of characters from "Dumb and Dumber" who I doubt would be interested in the concepts.
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