Liquid

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What to expect

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Liquid by Mark Miodownik.

A series of glasses of transparent liquids is in front of you: but which will quench your thirst and which will kill you? And why? Why does one liquid make us drunk, and another power a jumbo jet?

Sometimes dangerous, often delightful, and always fascinating, discover the secret lives of liquids, from one of our best-known scientists.

From the bestselling author of Stuff Matters comes a fascinating tour of the world of these surprising or sinister substances – the droplets, heartbeats and ocean waves we encounter day-to-day. Structured around a plane journey which sees encounters with water, wine, and oil, among others, Miodownik shows that liquids are agents of death and destruction as well as substances of wonder and fascination. Just as in Stuff Matters his unique brand of scientific storytelling brings them and their mysterious properties alive in a captivating new way, revealing why liquids flow up a tree but down a hill, why oil is sticky, how waves can travel so far, why things dry, how liquids can be crystals, the future of liquid self-healing roads, and how to make the perfect cup of tea.

In Liquid Miodownik unlocks the mysterious properties of the slippery, dark, explosive, delicious, and poisonous liquids that Airport Security are rightly worried about and that we have come to rely on.

Critics Review

  • Miodownik packs this delightful book with so much ‘well, I never knew that’ information. Not only does he know his stuff but, just as importantly, he knows how to tell a good story. A truly delightful read

    Jim Al-Khalili, author of Paradox
  • It’s a little known fact that liquids are the coolest state of matter. And if anyone can spread that message all around him, it’s Mark Miodownik. From ink to saliva, coffee to soap, this is an exhilarating, eye-opening ride.

    Philip Ball, science writer and author of H2O: A Biography of Water
  • A brilliantly navigated journey through the scientific marvels of the fluid world, from coffee to kerosene, from tea to tar, from honey to hydrophobia, from peanut butter to perfluorocarbons. A thrilling read, from start to finish

    Tim Radford, author of The Consolations of Physics: Why the Wonders of the Universe Can Make You Happy
  • Miodownik is a materials scientist, but really he is an alchemist; he transforms knowledge of everyday stuff into literary gold. His book on liquids oozes brilliance on every page

    Alex Bellos, author of Alex Through the Looking Glass
  • This book delivers exactly what it promises . . . It’s a treat. I lost count of the number of “but why?” questions it answers . . . This is a winning and hugely readable book

    The Sunday Times
  • Once again, Miodownik has written a book much like the substances it describes: exciting, anarchic and surprising. Like the sea, it covers a lot of ground. And like a perfectly made cup of tea, it is warm, comforting and very refreshing

    The Guardian

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