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A world-leading materials scientist presents an engrossing collection of stories that explain the science and history of materials, from the plastic in our appliances to the elastic in our underpants, revealing the miracles of engineering that seep into our everyday lives. 25,000 first printing.

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Genre: History
Author: Mark Miodownik
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release: 2014-05-27
File: 252 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780544236042

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New York Times Bestseller • New York Times Notable Book 2014 • Winner of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books “A thrilling account of the modern material world.” —Wall Street Journal "Miodownik, a materials scientist, explains the history and science behind things such as paper, glass, chocolate, and concrete with an infectious enthusiasm." —Scientific American Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does any material look and behave the way it does? These are the sorts of questions that renowned materials scientist Mark Miodownik constantly asks himself. Miodownik studies objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world. In Stuff Matters, Miodownik explores the materials he encounters in a typical morning, from the steel in his razor to the foam in his sneakers. 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. "Stuff Matters is about hidden wonders, the astonishing properties of materials we think boring, banal, and unworthy of attention...It's possible this science and these stories have been told elsewhere, but like the best chocolatiers, Miodownik gets the blend right." —New York Times Book Review

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Genre: Science
Author: Mark Miodownik
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release: 2014-05-27
File: 256 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780544237049

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* * * 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 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 material 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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Genre: Science
Author: Mark Miodownik
Publisher: Penguin UK
Release: 2013-06-06
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780141970745

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Sometimes explosive, often delightful, occasionally poisonous, but always fascinating: the secret lives of liquids, from one of our best-known scientists 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? 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 all encounter every day. Structured around a plane journey which sees encounters with water, wine, oil and more, Miodownik shows that liquids are agents of death and destruction as well as substances of wonder and fascination, and - just as in Stuff Matters - his unique brand of scientific storytelling brings them and their mysterious properties alive in a captivating new way.

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Genre: Science
Author: Mark Miodownik
Publisher: Penguin UK
Release: 2018-09-06
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780241977316

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This summer, Centraal Museum is in the hands of Jessica Stockholder (1959). The museum is showing special loan pieces, new sculptures and an installation that Stockholder created specifically for this exhibition. Stockholder also to incorporated pieces from the huge museum collection. As Stockholder explains: "I have selected items from the collection that resonate with my own work. In a certain sense I treated the collection as one of my materials, and have investigated how the meaning of each work changes depending on the context." Stockholder selected over 60 items from more than 45 makers. By combining these works in unexpected ways, new and intriguing relationships emerge between artists, artisans and designers, regardless of historical era and discipline. Thus, 17th-century works amicably rub shoulders with contemporary still lifes. This collaboration with Jessica Stockholder is a unique opportunity for Centraal Museum to present its collection--the DNA of the museum--in a light-hearted and wide-ranging way. This DNA derives from makers from Utrecht, from the Netherlands, and from around the world. Stockholder deftly weaves these different strands together to form a harmonious whole. From Bart van der Leck to Helen Price and from Gustave Courbet to Gerrit Rietveld: in 'Stuff Matters' they are all equally at home.00Exhibition: Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands (19.04.-01.09.2019).

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Genre: Art
Author: Ann Lauterbach
Publisher:
Release: 2019-10-22
File: 196 Pages
ISBN-13: 8867493787

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A noted Hollywood manager and producer draws on his own fifty-year career to provide fifty important lessons, insights, words of wisdom, and rules that can be applied to the business world, including such memorable tips as "Don't pet the snakes," "Have an opinion, even if it's wrong," "It's all lies, and that's the truth," and "Know the difference between hot and good." 50,000 first printing

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Bernie Brillstein
Publisher: Gotham
Release: 2004
File: 169 Pages
ISBN-13: 1592400795

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When Jessica, a grieving widow, inherits an antique mall from her mother she also inherits the stallholders, an elderly, amoral, acquisitive, and paranoid collection. When one of the vendors, a wily ex-con named Roxy, shoots her ex-husband, she calls on Jessica to help bury the body and soon Jessica is embroiled in cover-ups, lies, and misdirection. Into this mix comes Lizzie, Jessica's late husband's twelve-year-old daughter by his first marriage, who's been dumped on Jessica's doorstep by the child's self-absorbed mother and it soon becomes apparent that Lizzie is as obsessed with material possessions as Jessica's elderly tenants. Why Stuff Matters is a compelling ode to possession, why people like things and the curious lengths they will go to keep them. Returning to her fictional Caprock, Waldo turns her wry wit on the lives of those afraid to let go.

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Genre: Personal belongings
Author: Jen Waldo
Publisher: Arcadia Books
Release: 2017-10-19
File: 221 Pages
ISBN-13: 1911350226

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A counter-blast to the bashing of capitalism and a fresh and bold re-evaluation of the fundamentals that turn genius into hard currency.

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Harry Bingham
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Release: 2010-07-08
File: 180 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780007375172

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"Dad, tell us the story about... Our kids don't remember it." So I started writing down the stories about the incidents of my life that have impacted me, made a difference - that have value: A legacy, not of goods or money, but of influence and of principles for life that have transferable value, the stuff that matters. Some of you reading these random, short stories are not directly related; some of you will have heard a few of them in one form or other - or are the subject of them. I make no apology. Some of you were there when they happened and some of you never knew it mattered to me. I want all you kids to know that great moments and valued experiences don't come from the complexities of life and sophisticated education, but from simple truths and day to day experiences - the ah-ha's of life. Or as your mother would say, the holy moments: the insightful times in our lives when we should say, Selah, that Hebrew word we find in the Bible, that means stop and pause and think on these things you have just read. This book is about the Selah moments in my life plus a few other incidents, stories and fun times - stuff that matters. James G. Watt - has lived a full life as Husband -'57; Father - '60; Christian - '64; and Grandfather - '82. He was born ('38) and raised in small rural Wyoming towns and educated at the University of Wyoming (BS '60, JD '62). His professional career included a host of US Government positions starting with a United States Senator from Wyoming and ended as President Ronald Reagan's first Secretary of the Interior. He practiced public interest law, started two public companies, was a consultant, professor, professional speaker and now teaches Sunday School and leads men's Bible study groups.

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Genre: Religion
Author: James G Watt
Publisher: Xulon Press
Release: 2013-05
File: 318 Pages
ISBN-13: 1626974500

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In the bestselling tradition of Stuff Matters and The Disappearing Spoon: a clever and engaging look at materials, the innovations they made possible, and how these technologies changed us. In The Alchemy of Us, scientist and science writer Ainissa Ramirez examines eight inventions—clocks, steel rails, copper communication cables, photographic film, light bulbs, hard disks, scientific labware, and silicon chips—and reveals how they shaped the human experience. Ramirez tells the stories of the woman who sold time, the inventor who inspired Edison, and the hotheaded undertaker whose invention pointed the way to the computer. She describes, among other things, how our pursuit of precision in timepieces changed how we sleep; how the railroad helped commercialize Christmas; how the necessary brevity of the telegram influenced Hemingway's writing style; and how a young chemist exposed the use of Polaroid's cameras to create passbooks to track black citizens in apartheid South Africa. These fascinating and inspiring stories offer new perspectives on our relationships with technologies. Ramirez shows not only how materials were shaped by inventors but also how those materials shaped culture, chronicling each invention and its consequences—intended and unintended. Filling in the gaps left by other books about technology, Ramirez showcases little-known inventors—particularly people of color and women—who had a significant impact but whose accomplishments have been hidden by mythmaking, bias, and convention. Doing so, she shows us the power of telling inclusive stories about technology. She also shows that innovation is universal—whether it's splicing beats with two turntables and a microphone or splicing genes with two test tubes and CRISPR.

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Genre: Science
Author: Ainissa Ramirez
Publisher: MIT Press
Release: 2020-03-03
File: 328 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780262358088

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