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Stuff Matters

272 pages, 2015

science & nature

science & nature

1064 books

In Stuff Matters, Miodownik explores the materials he encounters most days, from steel in his razor to the foam in his sneakers. With an infectious enthusiasm for everything from paper and glass to chocolate, Miodownik explains how concrete cloth works or why a banana is less likely to fall apart than an apple. His journey through the world of stuff leads him places no nonfiction book has gone before, from a shipyard in Scotland where engineers are taught to read blueprints with their hands instead of their eyes to the Swiss town where chocolate is made by hand.

The Hidden World of Materials

In Stuff Matters, Mark Miodownik invites us to explore the hidden world of materials. He shows us that materials aren't just 'stuff', but fascinating substances with stories and secrets to tell.

The Science Behind Everyday Objects

Ever wondered why glass is transparent or why chocolate is so delicious? Stuff Matters digs into the science behind everyday objects, making us see the world around us in a whole new light.

Materials Shape Our Lives

Miodownik makes it clear that materials aren't just passive stuff, they shape our lives in profound ways. From the concrete of our cities to the paper of our books, materials influence how we live, think, and feel.

The Future of Materials

Stuff Matters doesn't just look at the materials of the past and present, it also explores the materials of the future. Miodownik takes us on a journey into the world of smart materials, self-healing concrete, and more.

A Passion for Materials

One of the key takeaways from Stuff Matters is Miodownik's infectious passion for materials. He makes you want to look closer, dig deeper, and find the extraordinary in the ordinary. After reading this book, you'll never look at 'stuff' the same way again.

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A fascinating tour of the materials that make our world, from the concrete in our sidewalks to the elastic in our underwear.

Bill GatesBill Gates - Microsoft Co-founder

A deft and agreeable guide to the science and history of everyday stuff.

The GuardianThe Guardian - British Newspaper

A sprightly, accessible tour of the kingdom of stuff, explaining the science of the everyday.

The New York TimesThe New York Times - American Newspaper
Bill GatesThe GuardianThe New York Times


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