I read this book in one sitting. 'Interesting' is the best way to describe it. Things I haven't really thought about before were brought to life and you begin to look at things in different ways. I know 'bone china' has the word bone in it, but I'd never thought about it properly. I didn't know why, what the benefit was, or indeed that it actually contained bone. So I feel a bit thick about it now, but that's the point...it makes you think about things that perhaps you haven't before.
The narrative is informal and interesting, humorous in parts, and provides an insight into materials that can definitely be appreciated by the lay person. The author uses personal experiences, such as a stabbing, broken leg etc, to bring interest to different materials and also to show just how damn unlucky he's been at times! He definitely has a fetish about chocolate, anyone that has investigated chocolate as a material in such detail without consideration to profit has got to be at least on the edge of a 'problem'.
It's nice to consider graphene, carbon nano tubes etc in such simplistic terms and understand what their true importance is and I look forward to a go on a space elevator in the future, when one or two small technicalities have been ironed out!
A good read and a book that I'm sure I'll read again someday.