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Liquid: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives by [Mark Miodownik]
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From the Inside Flap

By the author of the prize-winning Stuff Matters

A series of glasses of transparent liquids is in front of you: but which will quench your thirst and which will kill you? And why? Why does one make us drunk, and another power a jumbo jet?

This fascinating new book by the bestselling scientist and engineer Mark Miodownik is an expert tour of the world of the droplets, heartbeats and ocean waves that we come across every day. Structured around a plane journey which sees encounters with substances from water and glue to coffee and wine, he shows how these liquids can bring death and destruction as well as wonder and fascination.

From László Bíró's revolutionary pen and Abraham Gesner's kerosene to cutting-edge research on self-repairing roads and liquid computers, Miodownik uses his winning formula of scientific storytelling to bring the everyday to life. He reveals why liquids can flow up a tree but down a hill, why oil is sticky, how waves can travel so far, and how to make the perfect cup of tea.

Here are the secret lives of substances that we rely on but rarely understand.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Miodownik packs this delightful book with so much 'well, I never knew that' information. Not only does he know his stuff but, just as importantly, he knows how to tell a good story. A truly delightful read -- Jim Al-Khalili, author of Paradox

It's a little known fact that liquids are the coolest state of matter. And if anyone can spread that message all around him, it's Mark Miodownik. From ink to saliva, coffee to soap, this is an exhilarating, eye-opening ride. -- Philip Ball, science writer and author of H2O: A Biography of Water

A brilliantly navigated journey through the scientific marvels of the fluid world, from coffee to kerosene, from tea to tar, from honey to hydrophobia, from peanut butter to perfluorocarbons. A thrilling read, from start to finish -- Tim Radford, author of The Consolations of Physics: Why the Wonders of the Universe Can Make You Happy

Miodownik is a materials scientist, but really he is an alchemist; he transforms knowledge of everyday stuff into literary gold. His book on liquids oozes brilliance on every page -- Alex Bellos, author of Alex Through the Looking Glass

This book delivers exactly what it promises . . . It's a treat. I lost count of the number of "but why?" questions it answers . . . This is a winning and hugely readable book -- James McConnachie ― The Sunday Times

Once again, Miodownik has written a book much like the substances it describes: exciting, anarchic and surprising. Like the sea, it covers a lot of ground. And like a perfectly made cup of tea, it is warm, comforting and very refreshing -- Katy Guest ― The Guardian

Miodownik yet again makes the seemingly mundane awe-inspiring. I'll never look at a ballpoint pen the same way again -- Kelly and Zach Weinersmith, New York Times-bestselling authors of Soonish

Mark Miodownik flies high again in Liquid. It's a treat to see the world through his eyes as he flows from topic to topic, and under his gaze even the most mundane things-ballpoint pens, ketchup bottles, a cup of tea-sizzle with significance -- Sam Kean, New York Times-bestselling author of The Disappearing Spoon and Caesar’s Last Breath

Miodownik's appeal comes not only from his ability to explain the complexities of science and engineering but also from his acute social observations . . . original and entertaining -- Clive Cookson ― Financial Times

Miodownik uses a routine transatlantic flight from London to San Francisco - and the liquids that he encounters on the way - as a vehicle for a sparkling exposition of materials in science and engineering. His lively analysis takes in kerosene fuel, wines from the drinks trolley, glues holding the aircraft together, the entertainment system's liquid crystal display, clouds outside the cabin, and much more besides.) ― FT Books of the Year 2018

Enthralling . . . A mission to re-acquaint us with the wonders of the fabric that sustains our livesGuardian on Stuff Matters

Insightful, fascinating. The futuristic materials will elicit gasps. Makes even the most everyday substance seem excitingSunday Times on Stuff Matters --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07BKP7554
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin (6 September 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 10253 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 262 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199 ratings

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Matt Bedford
2.0 out of 5 stars We came for the science, not your personal habits Mr. Miodownik.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 January 2019
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Dr D.M. Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining initially, but starts to grate later, but very educational
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 September 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT FOR A LONG-HAUL FLIGHT
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 July 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars The weird and wonderful world of liquids
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 April 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 August 2021
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Mark Miodownik is the UCL Professor of Materials &amp; Society. He received his Ph.D in turbine jet engine alloys from Oxford University, and has worked as a materials engineer in the USA, Ireland and the UK. For more than fifteen years he has championed materials science research that links to the arts and humanities, medicine, and society. This culminated in the establishment of the UCL Institute of Making, where he is a director and runs the research programme. Mark is also the multi-award winning author of the book Stuff Matters and regularly presents BBC TV and radio programmes on materials science and engineering. In 2014 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2018 he was awarded an MBE for services to materials science, engineering and broadcasting.