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

  • 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
  • Expert, deftly written, immensely enjoyable

  • Wonderful. Miodownik writes well enough to make even concrete sparkle

    Financial Times
  • I stayed up all night reading this book. Miodownik writes with such knowledge, such enthusiasm, such a palpable love for his subject

    Oliver Sacks
  • Superb storytelling . . . fascinating . . . a delightful book on a subject that is relatively rarely written about

    Popular Science
  • This is a hugely enjoyable marriage of science and art

    Independent on Sunday, 'Books of the Year'

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