Stuff Matters

Stuff Matters is a guide to the material world, and the science, history, engineering, and culture that underpins it.

Stuff Matters is published worldwide in 20 languages: Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Estonian, Romanian, Spanish, German, Turkish, Russian, Persian, Korean, Thai, and Portuguese, and French.

Stuff Matters was a New York Times Best Seller, and one their 100 notable books of 2014.

Stuff Matters was the winner of the Royal Society Book Prize 2014

Stuff Matters was the winner of the Physics World Book of the Year 2014

Stuff Matters was the winner of the US National Academies 2015 Communication Award


Oliver Sacks: “I stayed up all night reading this book. Miodownik writes with such knowledge, such enthusiasm, such palpable love for his subject”

Bill Gates: “I’m pleased to report that he is a witty, smart writer who has a great talent for imparting his love of this subject.”

Alice Roberts: “An ode to material science. Miodownik delves into the molecules and history of metal, paper, concrete and chocolate, finding poetry and beauty in the details. It’s also about the ingenuity of humankind, the unique ability of humans to understand the materials around us, and to manipulate them “

The Financial Times: “Stuff Matters shows that a significant new talent has arrived in the ranks of popular science authors.”

The Sunday Times: “A jaunty guide to things we take for granted, such as stainless steel, makes the most everyday seem thrilling.”

The Observer: “..deftly written, immensely enjoyable little book.”

The Times: “..a British brainbox with highly evolved sense of justice and not a bad sense of humour..”

The Guardian: “If anybody can put real impetus into George Osborne’s call for a “march of the makers” it must be him: the very model of a modern materials man.” Full reivew here.

Liquid (also published as Liquid Rules in the USA)

The book describes the Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives. It is published worldwide in many languages including Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, German, and Korean.

LIQUID was one of the Financial Times Books of the Year 2018.

LIQUID was short-listed for the 2018 Royal Society Science Book Prize


Guardian: “like a perfectly made cup of tea, it is warm, comforting and very refreshing”. Full review here.

Sunday Times: “hugely enjoyable”. Full review here.

Nature: “sparkling investigation of liquids is an interesting and readable volume, that avoids distracting our chemist reviewer with ‘mischaracterized or oversimplified details”. Full review here.

Financial Times: “Building the book around the experiences that most readers will have experienced during long-distance flights is an original and entertaining way of structuring the narrative”. Full review here.

Jim Al-Khalili: ‘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”

Philip Ball: “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.”