This "beyond the book" feature is available to non-members for a limited time. Readalikes | Suddenly steel, concrete and paper are fascinating when presented in an intelligent, funny and whimsical way. I really enjoyed this book! An excellent audiobook narrated by Michael Page that talks about how various man made materials were invented, such as glass, chocolate, concrete. Read 6-2014. Enter to win Marilynne Robinson's latest novel in her classic series. I was completely mesmerized. • Sand is a heterogenous mixture of different substances, a large proportion of which are quartz made from silicon dioxide crystals. Start by marking “Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World” as Want to Read: Error rating book. This was a pretty interesting look at the make-up and origins and useage of the stuff we use and take for granted every day. Materials science – what I call ‘how stuff works’ when talking to junior school children generally sits near. Also, far from being dry, the author has an expressive writing style which makes reading this book most enjoyable. Spam Free: Your email is never shared with anyone; opt out any time. Refresh and try again. Types of materials are loosely grouped in each chapter. You’ll develop a whole new outlook for the many engineering wonders around us - from the tip of your ballpoint pen to knee joint replacements...continued. He lives in London. I loved how the author brought in his personal perspective and stories into the narrative. Using a photo of himself drinking a coffee and eating a bar of chocolate, Miodownik takes us through a range of different materials that you are likely to come across every day, such as glass, steel, plastics, concrete, paper and even cho. Very interesting & informative! I loved how the author brought in his personal perspective and stories into the narrative. "Dark chocolate usually contains 50% cocoa fat and 20% cocoa nut powder [referred to as '70% cocoa solids' on packaging]" is misleading at best, but doesn't go far enough in breaking down what the packaging copy means nor does it state a truth regarding the percentages in true dark chocolate). Take a magnifying glass to any part of your house and you will find a whole new world to explore. As I’m really into Behavioural Psychology and experiences — this kind of stuff really makes me think. • The word diamond is derived from the Greek adamas, meaning “unadulterated” or “unbreakable”. The family settled in Chicago but when their hardware business was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, they moved to New York. - MrG, Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize, Mario the lone bookwolf (semi reviewing hiatus ), bulletin board of the newspaper column “The Straight Dope”. Book Review: 'Stuff Matters' by Mark Miodownik The almost-magical properties of glass, chocolate, steel and other everyday materials. The writer has been obsessed with material science since an early incidence of hijack where he was back stabbed by a sharp steel razor blade. Good book, cool but a little skimpy. Are you spending this season bundling up against the chill or enjoying summery southern hemisphere vibes (in which case we are... To see what your friends thought of this book. Some of the materials occur naturally like diamond and coal. Almost everything we touch has had some form of human interaction to change it from one form to another. $39 for a year. STUFF MATTERS: Chapter 8. I have never yet found a popular science writer, however good, who can make geology truly interesting, while something like quantum physics is so fascinating (and strange) that it takes little effort to make it fascinating (though it’s hard to make it comprehensible). • The author ends the chapter as well as the book by condensing the essence of materials science and the two-way relationship between us and our stuff in the following statement: “…Materials are a reflection of who we are, a multi-scale expression of our human needs and desires” and in the same way, the materials that we choose to grace our bodies and our homes and those that we choose to … Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World is a nonfiction science book written by materials engineer: Mark Miodownik. But the majority of materials discussed in the book are man-made, and Mlodownik makes them all sound fascinating! Highly recommended! Why does any material look and behave the way it does? Endless talks of the differing types of ceramics, stress versus strain...zzz. Read Stuff Matters because, well, stuff matters. Are you one of those people who once excitedly sat down to watch "How it's Made" only to be utterly disappointed by the fact that it's basically just a bunch of B-reel of machines doing everything and no narrated exploration as to what chemicals are used along with the whys and hows that allowed them to settle on their usage to begin with? The imprisoned alchemist who saved himself from execution by creating the first European porcelain. Title • Without gold, copper and iron, Stone Age peoples used mainly wood, flint, and bone. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. • … The saddest part of this book is that it feels too short. Genres & Themes | When I shook my head he got uncomfortably close, looked at me intently, and told me he had a knife. Some of the materials occur naturally like diamond and coal. When this quartz crystal is heated to its melting point, the silicon dioxide molecules break apart and dissociate. Well written, just sciency enough to keep me interested without going overboard on the science. King (yes, that really was his first name) Gillette was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, in the mid-nineteenth century to parents who were tinkers. The only culinary book that Miodownik mentions in his recommended further reading is Harold McGee's "On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen," published in 1984. The hot sun beats down on him, so he takes off his shoes and wraps them in his coat.

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