“A thrilling account of the brand new material world.” —Wall Street Journal
“Miodownik, a materials scientist, explains the history and science in the back of things such as paper, glass, chocolate, and concrete with an infectious enthusiasm.” —Scientific American
Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does any material look and behave how it does? These are the sorts of questions that renowned materials scientist Mark Miodownik repeatedly asks himself. Miodownik studies objects as peculiar as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world. In Stuff Matters, Miodownik explores the materials he encounters in a standard morning, from the steel in his razor to the foam in his sneakers. 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.
“Stuff Matters is about hidden wonders, the astonishing properties of materials we think boring, banal, and unworthy of attention…It is conceivable this science and these stories have been told somewhere else, but like the most productive chocolatiers, Miodownik gets the blend right.” —New York Times Book Review