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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2014 Mark Miodownik (P)2014 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"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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5 out of 5 stars
By D. MacLeod on 01-29-15

Surprisingly good

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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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bird Lady 147 on 02-12-15

Facts Made Fun! Who knew?!

Narration was excellent. I don't think it could have been narrated any better. The subject matter could very well have been boring and dry but instead time flies as you learn about how and why things we don't often think about came to be with the why and then the how it was done answers. All in a great interesting story lines for each thing spoken about.

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