Matter is the raw material of the universe. Discover how the immense variety of matter - stars, mountains, plants, people - is generated by a limited number of chemical elements that combine in simple, well-defined ways. Consider carbon, a relatively common atom with many faces: diamond, which is the hardest known mineral; graphite, which is among the softest known substances; and carbon nanotubes, which are 300 times stronger than steel and have remarkable electrical properties.
In the 24 engaging lectures of The Nature of Matter, no scientific background is needed to appreciate such miracles of everyday life as a bouncing rubber ball or water's astonishing power to dissolve. Moreover, the study of matter has led directly to such inventions as semiconductor circuits for computers, new fabrics for clothes, and powerful adhesives for medicine and industry. These discoveries were hard won by scientific sleuths, but we can all sit back and enjoy the details - just as we delight in the solution to a good detective story. Since prehistoric times, knowledge of materials has driven the development of civilization. The Stone Age was succeeded by the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, the Industrial Age, and now the age of silicon - the element that is the basis of the semiconductor revolution.
Where will new methods and materials take us next? Professor Ball notes that the "fun part about being a chemist is that we still have lots of combinations of these raw materials to explore". Join this outstanding teacher and researcher on this exciting journey of discovery into the substance of everyday life.
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If you never had ANY science class at all, this book is for you. If you know what an atom is, have heard of the concept of chemistry, or received higher education than a GED, its profoundly redundant. Way too elementary to be deemed college level.
Something that IS education and not an 8th grade refresher lecture.
Given the title, I expected this books to discuss matter in terms of particle physics, but this is basically a chemistry book. Granted, a discussion of chemistry is warranted when discussing the nature of matter, but I had expected much much less. The book wasn'd bad per se, just not what I expected given the title.
just finished it... starting over immediately. I would definitely recommend this, even if you don't follow along with all the details of the chemistry, it's still worthwhile.
I was really satisfied with the breadth of topics and the depth of explanations. He was also very good at tying concepts together throughout the series while keeping me interested in his direction. I highly recommend this lecture series as a very solid baseline for understanding our world.
There where some really strange transitions throughout. He would state obvious facts far too often as a means of a segue. I cringed multiple times. still learned a lot about material science though.
This is the content for which I've been searching! Dr Ball is clear minded about the complex features of material at its atomic level. He connects the dots so well that the content seems rather simple and wonderful. I've met a few of his students, and they claim that he is spectacular in their chemistry courses. Can Dr. Ball now bring forth physical chemistry in audible form? I'll be waiting and listening.
The book covered a very wide variety of chemistry subjects, from sub-atomic, atomic, and molecular interactions to the science of building materials, foods, dyes, aerospace materials, and more. Very educational and well organized. Parts of it were somewhat technical: at least an introductory college level. If you think a chapter is slightly dry, just wait for the later chapters.
Do not expect much physical or quantum chemistry here, it's a freshman-level introduction to chemistry with focus on material chemistry. Narration is more than good.
I listened first run nonstop; I learned already. Prof Ball delivery was good.
My physics and chemistry courses were more structured.
The shell theory of the atom should be termed theory.
Good you emphasized wave and particle nature of e-m radiation.
Should touch on non ionizing and ionizing radiation.
Explanation of heat capacity, thermodynamics, plastics and thermoplastics; however you missed talking about BIOFUELS and baseline studies for Oil and Natural Gas exploration and the need for alternatives to chemical and hydraulic fracking.
audible is capturing one's attention
i will listen for a second time.
"Great book goes into some detail in most areas"
Good book would highly recommend. One of the better great courses narrators/lecturers. Hope there are more like this
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