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Mark Miodownik

Mark Andrew Miodownik is a British materials scientist, engineer, broadcaster and writer at University College London. Previously, he was the head of the Materials Research Group at King's College London, and a co-founder of Materials Library. Bio from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Photo by Steinsky (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

The Best 5 Books on Mark Miodownik

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Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World

Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World
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Wunderstoffe: Zehn Materialien, die unsere Zivilisation ausmachen (German Edition)

Ein origineller Einblick in die faszinierende Welt der Materialien

Warum ist Glas durchsichtig? Wieso bricht Porzellan so leicht? Was macht aus Kakaobohnen gute Schokolade? Warum kann sich Beton selbst heilen? Der englische Materialforscher Mark Miodownik begibt sich tief ins Innere von menschengemachten Materialien, die für uns alltäglich und meist auch ganz unentbehrlich sind, deren Geheimnisse wir aber selten kennen. Er zeigt auf unterhaltsame Weise und für jeden verständlich ihre verborgenen faszinierenden Seiten, die erklären, warum diese Stoffe auf der ganzen Welt verbreitet sind und zu wichtigen Bausteinen unserer Zivilisation wurden. Ein Buch, das uns die Dinge in unserer Umgebung mit neuen Augen betrachten lässt und Begeisterung weckt für die Welt der Kristallgitter, Moleküle und wundersamen Mixturen.

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Liquid: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives

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 liquid make us drunk, and another power a jumbo jet? Sometimes dangerous, often delightful, and always fascinating, discover the secret lives of liquids, from one of our best-known scientists. From the bestselling author of Stuff Matters comes a fascinating tour of the world of these surprising or sinister substances - the droplets, heartbeats and ocean waves we encounter day-to-day. Structured around a plane journey which sees encounters with water, wine, and oil, among others, Miodownik shows that liquids are agents of death and destruction as well as substances of wonder and fascination. Just as in Stuff Matters his unique brand of scientific storytelling brings them and their mysterious properties alive in a captivating new way, revealing why liquids flow up a tree but down a hill, why oil is sticky, how waves can travel so far, why things dry, how liquids can be crystals, the future of liquid self-healing roads, and how to make the perfect cup of tea. In Liquid Miodownik unlocks the mysterious properties of the slippery, dark, explosive, delicious, and poisonous liquids that Airport Security are rightly worried about and that we have come to rely on.
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La sostanza delle cose: Storie incredibili dei materiali meravigliosi di cui è fatto il mondo (Italian Edition)

Vincitore del Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, Regno Unito 2014.

Vincitore dei Communication Awards, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Stati Uniti 2015.


«Sono rimasto sveglio tutta la notte a leggere questo libro. Miodownik scrive con enorme competenza e grande entusiasmo, trasmettendo al lettore il suo amore per questi temi.»
Oliver Sacks

L’acciaio è «indomito», la carta «fidata», il cioccolato naturalmente è «delizioso», la plastica «immaginifica» e la grafite è semplicemente «indistruttibile». Poi c’è la schiuma («meravigliosa»), il vetro (ovviamente «invisibile»), la porcellana («raffinata»), e certo non può mancare il comune, onnipresente, «fondamentale» cemento. Sono le sostanze di cui è fatto il nostro mondo. Basta gettare l’occhio intorno a noi e ne vediamo a centinaia, eppure sappiamo così poco di loro.
Invece, quando Mark Miodownik si guarda intorno vede ben più in là delle apparenze superficiali delle cose ed è capace di raccontarci per ognuno di questi materiali una quantità incredibile di storie affascinanti, da restare a bocca aperta per lo stupore. Ogni sostanza diventa un mondo. In questo libro compaiono cose antichissime come il ferro accanto a sostanze futuristiche come i biomateriali o l’aerogel, tutte presentate nella loro caleidoscopica varietà di forme e di funzioni, colori e proprietà, ognuna con un suo messaggio nascosto e un’avvincente storia da narrare. I materiali hanno contribuito a rivoluzionare il nostro stile di vita, fanno parte del nostro mondo e senza di loro non saremmo ciò che siamo. Prendete la fotografia che apre questo libro, a p. 13: l’autore siede sul terrazzo di casa sorseggiando un tè. Togliete dalla scena il cemento, il vetro, i tessuti, il metallo e gli altri materiali, e non resterà altro che un uomo nudo a mezz’aria, tremolante per il freddo. Il mondo materiale non è una semplice ostentazione della nostra tecnologia e della nostra cultura: è parte di noi. L’abbiamo inventato, l’abbiamo costruito, e lui in cambio fa di noi ciò che siamo.
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Stuff Matters: The Strange Stories Of The Marvellous Materials That Shape Our

* * * Winner of the 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books * * * Stuff Matters by Mark Miodnownik is a unique and inspiring exploration of human creativity. 'Enthralling. A mission to re-acquaint us with the wonders of the fabric that sustains our lives' Guardian Everything is made of something... From the everyday objects in our homes to the most extraordinary new materials that will shape our future, Stuff Matters reveals the inner workings of the man-made world, the miracles of craft, design, engineering and ingenuity that surround us every day. From the tea-cup to the jet engine, the silicon chip to the paper clip, from the ancient technologies of fabrics and ceramic to today's self-healing metals and bionic implants, this is a book to inspire amazement and delight at mankind's creativity. 'A certain sort of madness may be necessary to pull off what he has attempted here, which is a wholesale animation of the inanimate: Miodownik achieves precisely what he sets out to' The Times 'Insightful, fascinating. The futuristic materials will elicit gasps. Makes even the most everyday substance seem exciting' Sunday Times 'Wonderful. Miodownik writes well enough to make even concrete sparkle' Financial Times 'I stayed up all night reading this book' Oliver Sacks 'Expert, deftly written, immensely enjoyable' Observer Mark Miodownik is Professor of Materials and Society at UCL, scientist-in-residence on Dara O Briain's Science Club (BBC2) and presenter of several documentaries, including The Genius of Invention (BBC2). In 2010, he gave the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, broadcast on BBC4. He is Director of the UCL Institute of Making, which is home to a materials library containing some of the most wondrous matter on earth, and has collaborated to make interactive events with many museums, such as Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery and Wellcome Collection. In 2014 Stuff Matters won the Royal Society Winton Prize.
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