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Stuff Matters Hardcover – International Edition, July 30, 2013
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Kistler patented his aerogels and licensed them to Monsanto, and the world pretty much ignored them. No one needed an expensive ultra-light, low density material in the 1930s. It wasn't until the 1980s that aerogels were rediscovered by NASA, who found them an idea product not only for insulating spacecraft, but for collecting samples in outer space.
This sort of story fascinate author and materials scientist Mark Miodownik, and he has collected several stories about the artificial materials that shape our world. Some are as simple (and yet world-changing) as paper, glass, and concrete. Others, like graphene, are at the frontiers of research. Some materials are used to make buildings, and some are used to create artificial bones and organs.
Miodownik is a man possessed of infinite curiosity and the ability to be fascinated by the smallest details- qualities that no doubt served him well in his professional life, and that serve him well here, as he does a very good job of explaining to the lay reader exactly why some paper is smooth and glossy, why spoons don't have their own flavor, or how clay can be turned into fine porcelain. He is also possessed of a fine sense of humor that makes this even more of a pleasure to read.
of many of the products we use and enjoy every day like iron and steel, concrete, paper, ceramics, chocolate, etc. It is written in an entertaining and personal style that anyone can enjoy while learning a lot. Mark Miodownik is a well known Professor of Materials and Society at UCL but is able to make this book fun to read.
Recommend to anyone wanting to scratch below the surface of the 'stuff' we live with.
I especially recommend it for high school and college students who are trying to decide whether a career in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) is right for them. If they have any curiosity at all, they will gobble this book up. If only all scientists and engineers could write this well!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interest book. I learned a few things in an entertaining manner. Would have loved it to have been a bit longer.Published 5 months ago by Mr. George R. Muscat
An excellent read about materials in our daily life with enough science to experience the wonder of how materials work. Very readable and very interesting.Published 12 months ago by bldoug