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Liquid: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives Paperback – 4 July 2019
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BY THE AUTHOR OF THE BESTSELLING, PRIZE-WINNING STUFF MATTERS
Sometimes explosive, often delightful, occasionally poisonous, but always fascinating: the secret lives of liquids, from one of our best-known scientists
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 liquid make us drunk, and another power a jumbo jet?
From the bestselling author of Stuff Matters comes a fascinating tour of these surprising or sinister substances - the droplets, heartbeats and ocean waves we all encounter every day.
Structured around a plane journey, encountering water, wine, oil and more, Miodownik shows that liquids are agents of death and destruction as well as substances of wonder and fascination. His unique brand of scientific storytelling brings them and their mysterious properties alive in a captivating new way.
'A truly delightful read' Jim Al-Khalili, author of Paradox
'An exhilarating, eye-opening ride' Philip Ball, science writer and author of H2O
'Exciting, anarchic and surprising' Katy Guest, The Guardian
'A thrilling read, from start to finish' Tim Radford, author of The Consolations of Physics
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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 lives ― Guardian on Stuff Matters
Insightful, fascinating. The futuristic materials will elicit gasps. Makes even the most everyday substance seem exciting ― Sunday Times on Stuff Matters
About the Author
- Publisher : Penguin (4 July 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0241977320
- ISBN-13 : 978-0241977323
- Item Weight : 232 g
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
- Country of Origin : India
- Generic Name : BOOK
- Best Sellers Rank: #412,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this one, however, there isn't.
If you're more interested in Mark than the science he's "popularizing" then by all means get the book. Otherwise don't waste your money.
This book is a wander through the different liquids he comes across on a mythical plane trip, coffee, liquid crystal, kerosene, liquid soap, ballpoint pen (biro) et.c. I saw this in the Royal Institution reading list and thought I'd give it a go (I read it on a plane and actually burst out laughing when reading the bit on kerosene) it was a couple of hours of reading, quite entertaining.
My only gripe was I felt the "story" was tailing off at the last few chapters of the book and it felt a bit grating. I prefered his previous book "Stuff Matters: The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World" (another RI recommendation) read better.
I was very interested in the production of sodium laureth sulphate and its use in nearly all hand/face cleansers and where it comes from - palm oil - and the destruction of the rain forests in Indonesia, Malaysia and Brazil.
Full of fascinating facts, it's an easy read that's not too heavy on the science but is full of wonder about the world.