06/06/2014

It’s a Material World

30:24 minutes

Author Mark Miodownik. Copyright © 2013 by Mark Miodownik. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Author Mark Miodownik. Copyright © 2013 by Mark Miodownik. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Did you know that metals are actually crystals? Or that stainless steel was invented by accident? In his book Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials that Shape Our Man-Made World, Mark Miodownik takes stock of the stuff around us—a metal spoon, a drinking glass, a concrete building—and explains why these everyday materials are truly extraordinary. (Read an excerpt from the book here.)

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Mark Miodownik

Mark Miodownik is author of Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials that Shape our Man-Made World and Liquid Rules: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives. He’s also director of the Institute of Making and professor of materials and society at University College London in London, England.

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