Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paper clip bend? These are the sorts of questions that Mark Miodownik is constantly asking himself. A globally renowned materials scientist, Miodownik has spent his life exploring objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world. 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, our lives are overflowing with materials. Full of enthralling tales of the miracles of engineering that permeate our lives, Stuff Matters will make you see stuff in a whole new way.
"Miodownik's infectious curiosity and explanatory gifts will inspire [listeners] to take a closer look at the materials around them." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)
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I didn't expect a book on Materials Science to be so interesting. Especially, I was surprised by the psychology of materials -- how things sound or feel, as opposed to purely functional features.
I'm often nervous about buying audio books on technical topics that may require illustrations on the printed page to understand. But this book comes across well in narration.
I learned a lot and was entertained.I listened to several chapters twice, in order to reflect and let it sink in.
- D. MacLeod
Engaging, fun, and educational
This book did a great job of telling stories, while providing great information
The narration feels like it matches the author and writing style well. I was able to really get into this book.
I wish there was more content. It was so good that I was disappointed when it ended.