Mark Miodownik

  • Pourquoi le verre est-il transparent? Pourquoi un trombone en métal se plie-t-il alors qu'une lame de rasoir est tranchante? Pourquoi une tasse de thé, la mine d'un crayon ou une semelle de basket ont-ils l'aspect qu'on leur connaît et se comportent-ils comme ils le font? Nous avons créé les matériaux qui nous entourent et n'y prêtons guère attention. Ils recèlent pourtant bien des mystères et ont beaucoup à nous apprendre. Avec passion et humour, Mark Miodownik dresse le portrait intime de dix d'entre eux et révèle leurs secrets à travers mille anecdotes. On découvre ainsi l'histoire insoupçonnée du plastique de nos appareils ménagers, du papier journal de nos petits matins et du béton qui nous abrite. Saviez-vous que l'apparition des alliages a changé l'histoire de l'humanité? Qu'une planète cinq fois plus grande que la Terre est entièrement constituée de diamant? Que le graphène, le matériau le plus fin et le plus solide qui existe, rendra un jour nos habitats intelligents? Dans La vie secrète des matériaux, Mark Miodownik dévoile un quotidien bien moins banal qu'il n'y paraît! Succès mondial traduit en vingt-deux langues, La vie secrète des matériaux a reçu le Prix du livre de sciences décerné par la Royal Society of London.


    Mark Miodownik

    By the author of the best-selling, prize-winning Stuff Matters 'A truly delightful read' Jim Al-Khalili, author of Paradox 'Exciting, anarchic and surprising' Katy Guest, The Guardian This fascinating new book by the bestselling scientist and engineer Mark Miodownik is an expert tour of the world of the droplets, heartbeats and ocean waves that we come across every day. Structured around a plane journey which sees encounters with substances from water and glue to coffee and wine, he shows how these liquids can bring death and destruction as well as wonder and fascination. From Laszlo Biro's revolutionary pen and Abraham Gesner's kerosene to cutting-edge research on self-repairing roads and liquid computers, Miodownik uses his winning formula of scientific storytelling to bring the everyday to life. He reveals why liquids can flow up a tree but down a hill, why oil is sticky, how waves can travel so far, and how to make the perfect cup of tea. Here are the secret lives of substances that we rely on but rarely understand. 'An exhilarating, eye-opening ride' Philip Ball, science writer and author of H2O 'A thrilling read, from start to finish' Tim Radford, author of The Consolations of Physics

  • * * * 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.