Utterly captivating. Every piece of 'stuff' we take for granted in our daily lives has a rich story to tell. A real delight -- Jim Al-Khalili, author of Paradox Wonderful. Miodownik writes well enough to make even concrete sparkle Financial Times Insightful, fascinating. The futuristic materials will elicit gasps. Makes even the most everyday substance seem exciting Sunday Times Enthralling ... a mission to re-acquaint us with the wonders of the fabric that sustains our lives Guardian Expert, deftly written, immensely enjoyable Observer A certain sort of madness may be necessary to pull of what he has attempted here, which is a wholesale animation of the inanimate: Miodownik achieves precisely what he sets out to The Times The Master of Materials strikes again. Professor Miodownik has a gift for exciting us with his unique combination of the science and the sensuality of the stuff that the world around is made from -- Thomas Heatherwick, designer of the Olympic Flame Written with such informed and infectious zeal ... Stuff Matters doesn't just reveal the hidden and amazing structures behind much of what our world is made of, it tells the hidden and fascinating stories too -- Quentin Cooper, BBC Radio 4 Stuff Matters has reminded me that historians can spend too much time looking at what people have said and written, and not enough on the materials with which we have built modern society. I now understand why epochs in human history are defined by the stuff we have used -- Dan Snow An ode to material science. Miodownik delves into the molecules and history of metal, paper, concrete and chocolate, finding poetry and beauty in the details. It's also about the ingenuity of humankind, the unique ability of humans to understand the materials around us, and to manipulate them -- Alice Roberts
About the Author
Mark Miodownik is Professor of Materials and Society at UCL, scientist-in-residence on Dara O Briain's Science Club (BBC2) and presenter of several documentaries, including The Genius of Invention (BBC2). In 2010, he gave the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, broadcast on BBC4. He is Director of the UCL Institute of Making, which is home to a materials library containing some of the most wondrous matter on earth, and has collaborated to make interactive events with many museums, such as Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery and Wellcome Collection.