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Liquids, Gases, Solids, this is our world. But why do they behave the way do? Why do clothes dry, tar roads crack, saliva drools, clouds burst? The author explains the scientific reasons in a simple language, observing and commenting on everyday liquids around us as he travels on a plane. The reader is left with a sense of wonder, awe and satisfaction as the secrets of nature are revealed in a simple entertaing laungage.
I really enjoyed this book. The science is more pop than deep but that gives the author scope to entertain as well as to inform. The entertainment comes largely from the author's using a long-haul flight as the backbone to his story. I also found the epilogue fascinating; although the author seems to have latched onto a particular style of science writing I hope he will write again, and more deeply, on advances in liquid technologies. Who might particularly enjoy 'Liquid'? Creative writers, possibly. Students getting into chemistry or physics, probably. And, certainly, those with a long-haul flight in the offing; six hours in a metal tube will give you enough time for a wine or two, a meal, a coffee (not tea!), a bit of a movie, a biro hunt, filling in your landing card, and finishing this gem of a book.
A glimpse into the science of liquids and what a treat! I'm not generally interested in science but this book is so clever; very readable and accessible yet informative and educational. Using a journey as the peg on which to hang the stories about different substances is inspired. It gives each chapter a direct relevance to our own daily lives. Very enjoyable but perhaps a few more interesting illustrations would have made it really shine.
The book is the second by Prof. Miodownik I have read. This book is less focused than the first one as the author tends to ramble more on the narrative side rather than going deeply into the scientific aspects. However, I find the book very interesting too and aimed for non professionals to make them turn interested into materials and, more specifically, to develop the curiosity towards history of science. The book contains many references to material developments that are important to let the readers understanding many hidden aspects of nowadays life. I would recommend reading this book for students too as they can better understand and appreciate topics they are studying during their career.