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Enthralling . . . A mission to re-acquaint us with the wonders of the fabric that sustains our lives (Guardian)

A certain sort of madness may be necessary to pull off what he has attempted here, which is a wholesale animation of the inanimate: Miodownik achieves precisely what he sets out to (The Times)

Insightful, fascinating. The futuristic materials will elicit gasps. Makes even the most everyday substance seem exciting (Sunday Times)

Expert, deftly written, immensely enjoyable (Observer)

Wonderful. Miodownik writes well enough to make even concrete sparkle (Financial Times)

I stayed up all night reading this book. Miodownik writes with such knowledge, such enthusiasm, such a palpable love for his subject (Oliver Sacks)

Superb storytelling . . . fascinating . . . a delightful book on a subject that is relatively rarely written about (Popular Science)

This is a hugely enjoyable marriage of science and art (Independent on Sunday, 'Books of the Year')

About the Author

A Financial Times Master of Science and chosen by The Times as one of the 100 most influential scientists in the UK, Mark Miodownik is Professor of Materials and Society at University College London, where he is also Director of the Institute of Making. He is the author of the book Stuff Matters, a New York Times bestseller which won the Royal Society Winton Prize. Mark also was the recipient of the prestigious Michael Faraday Prize for his expertise in science communication. He presents BBC TV programmes on science and engineering such as Everyday Miracles, How It Works, Dara O'Brien's Science Club, and Chefs vs Science and recently made the first BBC documentary to be filmed entirely on smartphones. He writes regularly for the Guardian and Observer.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin (29 April 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0241955181
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0241955185
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 219 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.8 x 1.75 x 19.76 cm
  • Generic Name ‏ : ‎ Book
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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Love Letter To The "Stuffs" Around Us
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What a fabulous read to start the new year with! Miodownik is a renowned material scientist and once upon a time a strange incident happened to him which is the reason behind his lifetime interest (obsession, really) towards materials (and I ain't giving no spoiler in advance).

Materials are everywhere around us. They shaped our civilization, they made us modern and "cultural", and to some extent we are "human" because of them. Their effects are all around us. Though most of the time we ignore them.

This book is not an exhaustive survey of materials and their relationship to human culture, but rather a snapshot. The writer shortlisted 10 different important materials to give us an idea about their impact and characteristics. And he did that so deftly, so delightfully. I highly recommend you to read the book. Coz Stuffs really matter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent General Intro Into Materials
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