** Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik

I read Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World shortly after How We Got to Now, and I enjoyed it more. Who knew that materials science can actually be fun? Whether the author is talking about steel, paper, or concrete, he can share a diagram of chemical structures when appropriate,  talk about Romans or Egyptians, or traverse industrial and cultural references — all with the geeky charm of well, the materials engineer he is.


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