Liquid Rules: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives

Liquid Rules: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives

“Entertaining...From the physics of ballpoint pens to the origin of jet-aircraft contrails, the book rewards the reader with fascinating facts and insights. Every day, millions of people travel on an airplane. Fortunately, Mark Miodownik was recently one of them.” —Wall Street Journal

Sometimes explosive, often delicious, occasionally poisonous, but always interesting: the New York Times-bestselling author of Stuff Matters shows us the secret lives of liquids: the shadow counterpart of our solid “stuff.”


We all know that without water we couldn’t survive, and that sometimes a cup of coffee or a glass of wine feels just as vital. But do we really understand how much we rely on liquids, or the destructive power they hold?
 
Set over the course of a flight from London to San Francisco, Liquid Rules offers readers a fascinating tour of these formless substances, told through the language of molecules, droplets, heartbeats, and ocean waves. Throughout the trip, we encounter fluids within the plane—from a seemingly ordinary cup of tea to a liquid crystal display screen—and without, in the volcanoes of Iceland, the frozen expanse of Greenland, and the marvelous California coastline. We come to see liquids as substances of wonder and fascination, and to understand their potential for death and destruction. Just as in Stuff Matters, Mark Miodownik’s unique brand of scientific storytelling brings liquids and their mysterious properties to life in a captivating new way.

Title:Liquid Rules: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives
ISBN:9780544850194

    Liquid Rules: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives Reviews

  • Paul

    The amount of stuff we consume these days is staggering, but there are some things that we use day in day out that barely get our attention, the water that comes out of the tap that goes into the kett...

  • Natalie (CuriousReader)

    Liquid Rules is a historical and informative journey into a select number of liquids that govern our lives on planet Earth. The book is structured around one single plane-journey, and various liquids ...

  • Angie Boyter

    Mark Miodownik is Professor of Materials and Society at the University College London. He studies the properties of matter and their applications to various areas of science and engineering. His first...

  • Anneke

    Book Review: Liquid RulesAuthor: Mark MiodownikPublisher: Houghton Mifflin HarcourtPublication Date: February 19, 2019Review Date: March 7, 2019I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in ex...

  • Christie Maliyackel

    Yet another random book I picked up from the Edgewater library’s recommended books section, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The author takes the reader through the history and chemistry behind... liquid...

  • Wesley

    If this were marketed as a book our interaction with materials in our daily lives, I would have enjoyed it much more. However, it was marketed as a book about liquid and it spent more time talking abo...

  • Keen

    “Liquids have a duality: they are neither a gas nor solid, but something in-between. They are exciting and powerful, on the one hand, while being anarchic and slightly terrifying on the other.” Tr...

  • Catherine Puma

    I was delighted when I saw Miodownik was coming out with another book. Having enjoyed his "Stuff Matters", I acquired "Liquid Rules" and was not disappointed. Framed by the narrative device of observi...

  • Karen

    If you're into science, this book is a gem.It's written by a material scientist and the story is told on a flight from London to San Francisco, ostensibly focusing on all the liquids on board but it's...

  • Isabelle

    I received a review copy of this book from Netgalley. This does not affect my rating or opinions.DNF at ~29%.This book is great, it's just not for me. It makes the science behind our liquids really ac...