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Stuff Matters

Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
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A unique and inspiring exploration of human creativity from one of the UK's best known scientists. 

Everything is made of something.... 

From the everyday objects in our homes to the most extraordinary new materials that will shape our future, Stuff Matters reveals the inner workings of the man-made world and the miracles of craft, design, engineering and ingenuity that surround us every day. 

From the teacup to the jet engine, the silicon chip to the paper clip, from the ancient technologies of fabrics and ceramic to today's self-healing metals and bionic implants, this is a book to inspire amazement and delight at mankind's creativity. 

Mark Miodownik is Professor of Materials and Society at UCL, scientist-in-residence on Dara O Briain's Science Club (BBC2) and presenter of several documentaries, including The Genius of Invention (BBC2). In 2010, he gave the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, broadcast on BBC4. He is Director of the UCL Institute of Making, which is home to a materials library containing some of the most wondrous matter on earth, and has collaborated to make interactive events with many museums, such as Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery and Wellcome Collection. In 2014, Stuff Matters won the Royal Society Winton Prize.

©2013 Mark Miodownik (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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unexpected

the book os great! I never tought a material's science book would be so interesting

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More than just stuff

I love how Mark tells about different material with stories and example. I was afraid it would be a boring read, but turned out exactly the opposite. If we would be thought like this in school, more people would become engineers.

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Fantastic!

I absolutely loved this book! it's really well written, it flows easily. The information is really interesting and well presented. The book was also read very well. Will recommend to everyone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-23-18

Transformative!

Phenomenal book into the science of materials and their importance to the fabric of human existence.

It has transformed my understanding of and appreciation for everyday objects! I will never look at our material world in the same way again.

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  • Sophie Thompson
  • 06-27-19

Well written, brilliantly read

Mark Miodownik makes a topic that could easily be very dry, fascinating and engaging. He connects each material discussed to his own entertaining life experiences, whilst not skimping on the chemistry and physics of the matter (at least for someone who is a beginner on these topics). Chapters on concrete, metal, glass, paper, plastics and ceramics were particularly interesting as they are things we use every day and so can relate to (aerogel was cool but lost me a bit).
Daniel Weyman performs the book brilliantly and is the best reader I’ve heard so far on audible (I’ve listened to at least 20 books so far).

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  • Mintsauce
  • 05-29-19

Beautifully written, endlessly fascinating

Brilliantly accessible, insightful and inspiring science behind the materials around us. Highly recommended to all.