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An eye-opening adventure deep inside the everyday materials that surround us, packed with surprising stories and fascinating science.

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Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paper clip bend? These are the sorts of questions that Mark Miodownik is constantly asking himself. A globally renowned materials scientist, Miodownik has spent his life exploring objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world.

From the teacup to the jet engine, the silicon chip to the paper clip, the plastic in our appliances to the elastic in our underpants, our lives are overflowing with materials. 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.

"Miodownik's infectious curiosity and explanatory gifts will inspire [listeners] to take a closer look at the materials around them." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"A compact, intense guided tour through a handful of physical materials, from concrete to chocolate, revealing what makes them profoundly affect our lives." ---Kirkus

"Michael Page's clear English accent meshes perfectly with the London author's anecdotes of home and abroad." ---AudioFile
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Stuff Matters

Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-made World

Author Mark Miodownik

Narrated by Michael Page

Publication date Jul 29, 2014

Running time 7 hrs

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