Reviews

  • Utterly captivating. Every piece of 'stuff' we take for granted in our daily lives has a rich story to tell. A real delight

    Jim Al-Khalili, author of Paradox
  • Wonderful. Miodownik writes well enough to make even concrete sparkle

    Financial Times
  • Insightful, fascinating. The futuristic materials will elicit gasps. Makes even the most everyday substance seem exciting

    Sunday Times
  • Enthralling ... a mission to re-acquaint us with the wonders of the fabric that sustains our lives

    Guardian
  • Expert, deftly written, immensely enjoyable

    Observer
  • A certain sort of madness may be necessary to pull of what he has attempted here, which is a wholesale animation of the inanimate: Miodownik achieves precisely what he sets out to

    The Times
  • The Master of Materials strikes again. Professor Miodownik has a gift for exciting us with his unique combination of the science and the sensuality of the stuff that the world around is made from

    Thomas Heatherwick, designer of the Olympic Flame
  • Written with such informed and infectious zeal ... Stuff Matters doesn't just reveal the hidden and amazing structures behind much of what our world is made of, it tells the hidden and fascinating stories too

    Quentin Cooper, BBC Radio 4
  • Stuff Matters has reminded me that historians can spend too much time looking at what people have said and written, and not enough on the materials with which we have built modern society. I now understand why epochs in human history are defined by the stuff we have used

    Dan Snow
  • An ode to material science. Miodownik delves into the molecules and history of metal, paper, concrete and chocolate, finding poetry and beauty in the details. It's also about the ingenuity of humankind, the unique ability of humans to understand the materials around us, and to manipulate them

    Alice Roberts

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