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Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World

 
 
Author
Mark Miodownik.
Publisher Houghton Mifflin  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.85 inches
ISBN 9780544236042
Pages/Publication Date 252/2013
Daedalus Item Code 61127
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Why is glass transparent? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paper clip bend? These are the sorts of questions that materials scientist and BBC presenter Mark Miodownik has spent his life exploring, in objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world. His engaging, entertaining book examines everyday materials like the steel in his razor and the foam in his sneakers, and chronicles astounding wonders and breakthroughs from the alchemist who saved himself from execution by creating the first European porcelain to a planet in the Milky Way, five times the size of Earth, made entirely of diamond.

"Miodownik intertwines humorous vignettes of daily life in London with subatomic behavior to explain the feats of engineering that brought us samurai swords, skyscrapers, pool balls and even chocolate. From concrete in Roman architecture to atom-thick graphene, Miodownik builds on a historical framework to give readers an idea of future applications. Clever in every sense of the word, Stuff Matters may leave you looking at windows rather than through them."Discover

 
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