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 ...
  • 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...
  • Anne
    Mar 29, 2019
    The author used delightful in the title, and that was a perfect word for this book. A book filled with delightful, juicy tidbits about liquids. I had previously read his book on solids but, unfortunately, I can't remember any of that content (ok, except the picture of the hand holding ...
  • 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...
  • Meg C
    Sep 17, 2018
    The thing I love most about Mark Miodownik's books is the amount of times I feel the need to stop and share what I just read with my husband. There's just so many cool facts!! I'll never look at kerosene, tea, or the flight safety briefing the same again. Thank you to NetGalley and...
  • Gendou
    Apr 07, 2019
    This is a charming, rambling collection of anecdotes about things involve the liquid phase of matter. It's fun, never very challenging, and never goes into much depth on one particular topic. It's a little too ADHD for my tastes, but works well consumed a chapter at a time. The auth...
  • 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...
  • Christina Dudley
    Mar 25, 2019
    Another fascinating and fun and funny book from Miodownik. I think it was reading the author's STUFF MATTERS that made my son decide he wanted to study materials science rather than aero/astro. In LIQUID RULES, I learned about how and why soap works, what's so remarkable about ball...
  • Mark
    Mar 23, 2019
    Despite my lack of education in the fields of science, I've always been in Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy if they are explained in terms that I can understand. Mark Miodownik follows up his wonderful exploration of solid materials, "Stuff Matters", with an equally intriguing one o...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Travis
    Mar 05, 2019
    This is a solid book. Some of the information has been done in other books, in a bit more interesting fashion, but I *definitely* learned some really interesting information. I found this considerably better than the other book of his that I've read, 'Stuff Matters'. Though I lik...
  • 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 ...
  • Benet
    Mar 29, 2019
    Interesting, educational, thought-provoking, fun. What more can you ask for in a book about science for the non-scientist? Miodownik's framework for presenting a wealth of information about liquids in our daily lives is to tell us about his trans-Atlantic flight, explaining everything ...
  • Lynn
    Mar 22, 2019
    I thoruoughly enjoyed his "Stuff Matters"sop eagerly snatched up Miodownik's new book and was not disappointed. He knows an amazing amount about how things work and tells us about it through excellent writing. Almost every page told me something I dind't know about the liquid parts of ...
  • 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...
  • Lauren Billett
    Jan 10, 2019
    I have to admit that I am a fan of Mark Miodownik's book - I like his style of writing and the way he conveys interesting scientific concepts. Having said that, I absolutely loved this book. It was delightfully worded and explored various liquids through the medium of a plane journey f...
  • John Edward
    Oct 22, 2018
    The material and scholarship is quite interesting (3.5 stars), but I didn't connect with the author's voice, finding it regularly distracting (best described as exaggerated and "too English"). I would consider reading other works by this author, especially if the narrative style and vo...
  • 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...
  • Randy
    Mar 19, 2019
    This is a very entertaining book, very nice stories about kerosene, fridge, cloud, glue, tar, among others. I'll probably give it 3.5. Regarding volcanoes, the author might want to add the hotspots, such as what's beneath the Yellowstone NP. It's regrettable that there were a fe...