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Stuff Matters

Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Manmade World
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"Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paperclip bend? Why does any material look and behave the way it does?With clarity and humor, world-leading materials scientist Mark Miodownik answers all the questions you've ever had about your pens, spoons, and razor blades, while also introducing a whole world full of materials you've never even heard of: the diamond five times the size of Earth; concrete cloth that can be molded into any shape; and graphene, the thinnest, strongest, stiffest material in existence--only a single atom thick.Stuff Matters tells enthralling stories that explain the science and history of materials. From the teacup to the jet engine, the silicon chip to the paper clip, the plastic in our appliances to the elastic in our underpants, Miodownik reveals the miracles of engineering that permeate our lives. As engaging as it is incisive, Stuff Matters will make you see the materials that surround you with new eyes"--
Authors: Miodownik, Mark
Statement of Responsibility: Mark Miodownik
Title: Stuff matters
exploring the marvelous materials that shape our manmade world
Edition: First U.S. edition
Characteristics: xviii, 252 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: "First published in the United Kingdom by Penguin Books Ltd 2013"--Title page verso
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (page 233) and index
Summary: "Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paperclip bend? Why does any material look and behave the way it does?With clarity and humor, world-leading materials scientist Mark Miodownik answers all the questions you've ever had about your pens, spoons, and razor blades, while also introducing a whole world full of materials you've never even heard of: the diamond five times the size of Earth; concrete cloth that can be molded into any shape; and graphene, the thinnest, strongest, stiffest material in existence--only a single atom thick.Stuff Matters tells enthralling stories that explain the science and history of materials. From the teacup to the jet engine, the silicon chip to the paper clip, the plastic in our appliances to the elastic in our underpants, Miodownik reveals the miracles of engineering that permeate our lives. As engaging as it is incisive, Stuff Matters will make you see the materials that surround you with new eyes"--
Subject Headings: Materials science Popular works SCIENCE / Applied Sciences. bisacsh SCIENCE / Chemistry / Inorganic. bisacsh HISTORY / Modern / General. bisacsh
Topical Term: Materials science
SCIENCE Applied Sciences
SCIENCE Chemistry Inorganic
HISTORY Modern General
LCCN: 2013047575
ISBN: 9780544236042
0544236041
Branch Call Number: 620.11 M
Research Call Number: *R-SIBL TA403.2 .M56
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Beginning with a photo of himself drinking a cup of tea on a London rooftop, Miodownik (who is the director of the wonderfully named “Institute of Making” at University College London) proceeds to examine ten objects in the photo and, with humor and insight, tell us why we should... Read More »


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Beginning with a photo of himself drinking a cup of tea on a London rooftop, Miodownik (who is the director of the wonderfully named “Institute of Making” at University College London) proceeds to examine ten objects in the photo and, with humor and insight, tell us why we should care about the physical properties of steel, concrete, chocolate (which by the way, he considers to be “one of our greatest engineering creations”), glass and several other materials. Miodownik is a gifted storyteller who makes complex science sound as fascinating as it actually is.
- Wayne Roylance

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