THE WORLD OF STUFF

The Family Handyman - - STUFF WE LOVE -

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.

“Stuff Mat­ters” ($16 in pa­per­back) by Houghton Mif­flin Har­court is avail­able ev­ery­where books are sold.

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