Who knew 10,000 tons of copper ore were mined to create the 300,000 chisels used to build the pyramids of Egypt? Or that there was a 1,000-year gap between the Romans’ use of concrete to build some of the most magnificent structures in the world and its rediscovery in the 1800s? In his book, “Stuff Matters,” Mark Miodownik, a professor of materials science, explores a dozen materials we see, touch and use every day but know little about. It’s no dry, academic tome; he uses his personal experiences of getting stabbed on a London train and being thrown into a windshield in Spain to introduce two of the materials. If you love learning about the world around you, you’ll love this book.
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