Liquid: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives
Paperback $22.99 - Penguin UK
Science - Published: 17/Sep/2019 - ISBN: 9780241977323
By the author of the best-selling, prize-winning Stuff Matters
This fascinating new book by the bestselling scientist and engineer Mark Miodownik 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. A Financial Times Master of Science and chosen by The Timesas one of the 100 most influential scientists in the UK, Mark Miodownik is Professor of Materials and Society at University College London, where he is also Director of the Institute of Making. He is the author of the NYT bestselling Stuff Mattersand presents BBC TV programmes on science and engineering. He writes regularly for the Guardian and Observer. Sometimes explosive, often delightful, occasionally poisonous, but always fascinating- the secret lives of liquids, from one of our best-known scientists.
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