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

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

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
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780544850194

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

  • Charles

    "Liquid Rules," like most good books in its genre, explains in an interesting way why certain things are the way they are. This is popularized science, and such books tend to fall into one of two cate...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Ryan Mishap

    I love me some general science books talking about sciency things from astrophysics to everyday items, and this is a decent entry into the latter genre. While information wise this was enjoyable, I fo...

  • Alex

    Another great book by the author of Stuff Rules! There's so much to learn. The book frames the exploration of various types of liquids through a journey on the airplane.I will say that the author's se...

  • Caitlin Flattery

    Interesting topics, wouldn't want to be the Susan on the flight next to him...