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 underst Sometimes explosive, often delicious, occasionally poisonous, but always interesting: the New York Times-bests...

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Title:Liquid Rules: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives
Author:Mark Miodownik
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Genres:Science
ISBN:054485019X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

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

  • Mariya
    Mar 30, 2019
    3.5 stars ...
  • Karen
    Feb 20, 2019
    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 really just a premise to tell the stories he wants to tell. The fact that he was ...
  • OutlawPoet
    Jul 15, 2019
    If you ever find yourself sitting on an airplane next to the author - switch seats - quickly! If you don't, you may find out way too much about liquids and how the tons of kerosene you're currently sitting over on that plane - could blast you into smithereens. This is a fascinating ...
  • Jill
    Mar 27, 2019
    I'd really enjoyed Miodownik's Stuff Matters, on the science of different solid materials like glass, metal, concrete and graphite, and was excited that he had a book on liquids. Whereas Stuff Matters covered the materials that Miodownik presumably found the most fascinating and signif...
  • George
    Jul 07, 2019
    As with his earlier Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World, Miodownik selects a convenient frame in which to hang his description of various types of liquids and the ways in which they affect our lives. In this case, it's a transatlantic flight f...
  • Ryan Mishap
    Mar 25, 2019
    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 found the frame of the book--his airplane ride from the UK to San Francisco--annoying an...
  • Cheryl
    Apr 07, 2019
    This is a very entertaining look at the behavior of liquids. It may sound like a yawner to many, but the author's style is very engaging and not like a textbook at all. Miodownik uses his experience on a flight from London to San Francisco as the backdrop to look at many of the liquids...
  • Angie Boyter
    Dec 04, 2018
    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 book for a general audience, Stuff Matters, so fascinated me that I wanted to go back...
  • Jenna
    Jun 26, 2019
    What a fun book! I love books that are chock-full of facts and that is what Liquid Rules is. Mark Miodownik takes us along on a flight he was on from London to San Francisco. Now, if you don't fancy being on a plane that long, not to worry. You'll still be able to sit in a comfy ch...
  • Peggy
    May 17, 2019
    I got this book from the library after I heard an interview with the author, Mark Miodownik, on NPR. Have to be honest: I didn't read the whole book. I read most of it, but not every single word. It's pretty science-y. I mean, it includes diagrams of molecular structures of the subs...
  • Natalie (CuriousReader)
    Feb 27, 2019
    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 that can be found there ? water, alcohol, soap, etc.; all which are given the focuse...
  • Anneke
    Mar 07, 2019
    Book Review: Liquid Rules Author: Mark Miodownik Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publication Date: February 19, 2019 Review Date: March 7, 2019 I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a fantastic non-fiction book about...
  • Gary
    Jul 13, 2019
    Mark Miodownik book Liquid Rules takes the reader on a transatlantic flight from London to San Francisco. His profession is in materials. The security line examining for liquids and then the pre-flight safety lecture triggers in him what liquids are we talking about? For one, the jet ...
  • Rob Adey
    Jul 19, 2019
    Nice, well-constructed tour of liquids, their properties and histories. I'm not sure if there has been/will be a BBC4 series - you can see how a lot of this material would easily become scripts, though fortunately there's a lot more actual content here than a BBC4 version would get thr...
  • Zhou Xiaozhu
    Mar 20, 2019
    Like his Stuff Matters, Professor Miodownik again introduces readers to a wonderful world, this time liquid. You will be amazed by his easy-to-understand exposition of difficult concepts like non-Newtonian liquids. But more than often, you will find the joy in the rediscovery of what y...
  • Charles
    Apr 05, 2019
    "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 categories, straight science or politicized science. I could have, if I had wanted to read...
  • Paul
    Sep 15, 2018
    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 kettle to make your coffee. The liquid soap that you use to wash your hands, the ink that ...
  • Kristin
    Jun 25, 2019
    Generally speaking, this was a good overview of various properties of liquids, how we interact with them, and how they affect us. It took an extremely broad area of knowledge and made it understandable (and enjoyable!) for the semi-layperson. I especially enjoyed the chapter on saliva ...
  • Daniel
    Apr 20, 2019
    Personal caveat: I'm either not smart enough or not educated enough to understand most sciences at anything deeper than a college freshman level. But I find it all deeply fascinating. This is pitched a little easier than that - Miodownik comes across as the world's greatest high-school...
  • Vatsal Sanjay
    Jun 14, 2019
    Finally, a popular science book dealing with the delightful and dangerous substances that flow through our lives. This book has the approval of at least one fluid dynamicist (me!). ...
  • Caitlin Flattery
    May 22, 2019
    Interesting topics, wouldn't want to be the Susan on the flight next to him ...
  • Christie Maliyackel
    Mar 17, 2019
    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... liquids, of all things. I know it sounds as boring as can be, but the author narrates it in ...
  • Wesley
    Oct 31, 2018
    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 about decidedly non-liquid things than it did about liquid. A lot of the information was ...
  • Alex
    Apr 03, 2019
    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 segues between different topics are amusingly far-fetched at times (but still hilari...
  • Isabelle
    Feb 18, 2019
    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 accessible (which will likely appeal to your average reader, though as a STEM ma...
  • Kyle Dinges
    May 09, 2019
    Liquid Rules by Mark Miodownik is a book that looks at some of the most important liquids that society depends on and gives a bit of a brief background on their chemical makeup and how they were created or discovered. It is easily accessible, which is something I usually look for in no...
  • Andrew Careaga
    Mar 17, 2019
    "Liquid Rules" is a thoroughly engrossing tale of the physics, chemistry, history and application of all sorts of liquids -- from the fuels that power our transportation to the libations that alter our mental faculties to the stuff that sticks things together and more. The author, Mark...
  • Keen
    Nov 02, 2018
    ?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.? Travelling on a trans-Atlantic flight from London to San Francisco, Miodownik uses...
  • Sourabh Rohilla
    Nov 10, 2018
    This book takes the reader through a journey across few liquid substances that affect our lives so intimately, yet are enigmatic simply because we don't stop to marvel and wonder at how they got there in first place. We are clueless and unaware of stories of these life-shaping liquids....
  • Catherine Puma
    Mar 06, 2019
    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 observing liquids around him while flying from Britain to California, Miodownik describes oce...