Mark A. Miodownik


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Penguin Books Ltd
4 July 2019
ISBN: 9780241977323
288 pages

From the publisher


Sometimes explosive, often delightful, occasionally poisonous, but always fascinating: the secret lives of liquids, from one of our best-known scientists

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?

From the bestselling author of Stuff Matters comes a fascinating tour of these surprising or sinister substances - the droplets, heartbeats and ocean waves we all encounter every day.

Structured around a plane journey, encountering water, wine, oil and more, Miodownik shows that liquids are agents of death and destruction as well as substances of wonder and fascination. His unique brand of scientific storytelling brings them and their mysterious properties alive in a captivating new way.

'A truly delightful read' Jim Al-Khalili, author of Paradox

'An exhilarating, eye-opening ride'
Philip Ball, science writer and author of H2O

'Exciting, anarchic and surprising' Katy Guest, The Guardian

'A thrilling read, from start to finish'
Tim Radford, author of The Consolations of Physics