Liquid: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives (Hardback)Mark A. Miodownik (author)
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Shortlisted for The Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2018
'Miodownik packs this delightful book with so much 'well, I never knew that' information. Not only does he know his stuff but, just as importantly, he knows how to tell a good story. A truly delightful read' - Jim Al-Khalili, author of Paradox
A series of glasses of transparent liquids is in front of you: but which will quench your thirst and which will kill you? And why? Why does one make us drunk, and another power a jumbo jet?
The fascinating new book by the bestselling scientist and engineer Mark Miodownik - the best-selling, prize-winning author of Stuff Matters - Liquid is an expert tour of the world of the droplets, heartbeats and ocean waves that we come across every day.
Structured around a plane journey which sees encounters with substances from water and glue to coffee and wine, he shows how these liquids can bring death and destruction as well as wonder and fascination. From Laszlo Biro's revolutionary pen and Abraham Gesner's kerosene to cutting-edge research on self-repairing roads and liquid computers, Miodownik uses his winning formula of scientific storytelling to bring the everyday to life.
He reveals why liquids can flow up a tree but down a hill, why oil is sticky, how waves can travel so far, and how to make the perfect cup of tea. Here are the secret lives of substances that we rely on but rarely understand.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 407 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 29 mm
'His tone provides exactly the right propotions of geeky wonder and patient didacticism to inspire fellow scientists and enthral the general reader.' - The Guardian
'It's a little known fact that liquids are the coolest state of matter. And if anyone can spread that message all around him, it's Mark Miodownik. From ink to saliva, coffee to soap, this is an exhilarating, eye-opening ride.' - Philip Ball
'A brilliantly navigated journey through the scientific marvels of the fluid world, from coffee to kerosene, from tea to tar, from honey to hydrophobia, from peanut butter to perfluorocarbons. A thrilling read, from start to finish' - Tim Radford, author of The Consolations of Physics
'Miodownik is a materials scientist, but really he is an alchemist; he transforms knowledge of everyday stuff into literary gold. His book on liquids oozes brilliance on every page' - Alex Bellos, author of Alex Through the Looking Glass
Miodownik packs this delightful book with so much 'well, I never knew that' information. Not only does he know his stuff but, just as importantly, he knows how to tell a good story. A truly delightful read' - Jim Al-Khalili, author of Paradox
Praise for Stuff Matters:
'Enthralling . . . A mission to re-acquaint us with the wonders of the fabric that sustains our lives' - The Guardian
'Insightful, fascinating. The futuristic materials will elicit gasps. Makes even the most everyday substance seem exciting' - The Sunday Times