(Liuid Rules The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives) PDF KINDLE Ì Mark Miodownik
The Happiness Secrets Of Joel Osteen kD shake and you won t be holding your breath because your neighbour inconsiderately indulged in a great big bowl of beans before climbing aboard You will however probabl 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 theettle to make your coffee The liuid soap that you use to wash your hands the ink that stays in the pen until you scribble on a notepad the glass of something cold that helps you relax at the end of a busy week All of these are liuids and they all lubricate our lives in one way or anotherBut if someone was to place three glasses full of clear liuids in front of you which could you drink that is essential to life which would power an aircraft and which would Seashells kill you if younocked it over Mark Miodownik is best placed to explain all of these things being a materials engineer and Professor of Materials and Society at UCL and in this highly entertaining journey from London to San Francisco on a plane he describes and enlightens us about all the liuids that we use in the modern world Beginning as he passes through security and why we can t take than 100ml of fluids on board now on to the pre dinner drinks the oceans that he is flying over and what liuids hold the plane he is on togetherThe film he watches after diner allows him to explain liuid crystals and the way that most modern TV s work before he nods off and wakes up dribbling on the passenger alongside him From a discussion on body fluids he moves swiftly onto the delights of coffee and tea and why they don t taste uite the same over the Atlantic A wash and brush up and then onto the history of inks musings about clouds and liuids that sometimes think that they are solids liuids that can flow uphill and new modern technologies like self healing roads I thought that was a great companion volume to Stuff Matters and another very well written book by Miodownik He has used a fair amount of artistic license to ensure that the narrative flows and to give him plenty of subjects to discuss as he travels from the UK to the United States I do like the way that he talks about science in an engaging manner and the whole book is stuffed full of facts and interesting anecdotes but there is only so much you can do from the viewpoint of an airline seat and he does veer a little off course occasionally Well worth reading 45 stars I enjoyed this book a lot but I feel I should warn you don t read this book on an airplane I will write about the reasons below but I will hide it behind a spoiler HTML tag in the highly unlikely case that you are actually reading this review while you are on a airplaneview spoilerFlying on an airplane is one of the safest activities you can engage in Personal experience tells me that it is much safer than say crossing a busy intersection in downtown Washington DC where I live because underpaid and sleep deprived Uber drivers are not as of this writing airborne Still when I am on an airplane I find it profitable not to think too closely about what I am doing as the whole experience is already trying enough without working myself into a lather about things that probably won t happen or conjuring up an image like hurtling in a tin can through a frozen black void The extended conceit of this book is that the author is taking a long airplane trip from London to San #Francisco During His Trip #During his trip ponders the wonders and histories of various liuids often in connection with events he is seeing and hearing in flight Although this may sound odd I thought it worked However if you are on an airplane while you are reading you may not wish to be reminded as this book does in the first chapter that there are 10000 gallons of highly Combustible Liuid Underneath Your Seat And 10000 In Each Of liuid underneath your seat and 10000 in each of wings Again airplane travel is very safe and so is the highly combustible liuid as the author demonstrates but the image is not pleasant to think about as you are trundling down the runway Knowing this you might think OK I ll just skip the first chapter but wait there s disturbing information Not much later we are informed that the wings of an airplane are held together with glue which I admit took me by surprise I now that the glue used on an airplane wing is a miracle of modern chemical engineering and is not like the white stuff that inadeuately socialized children eat in preschool But still it s disturbing to think at length about glue holding your plane together I mean I just always assumed wings were attached by a reassuringly big bunch of steel rivets or somethingAfter THAT the author mentions that the packaged salad dressing
that came with his in flight meal disgusted him which leads to a mention of saliva which leads to came with his in flight meal disgusted him which leads to a mention of saliva which leads to chapter on the admirable chemical properties of this surprisingly complex human made liuid I am always up for a discussion of the miraculous ualities of common everyday things but I admit I had to put the part about saliva aside while I was eating If you are on an airplane you may find the in flight meal difficult enough to stomach without actually reading about the properties of digestive juices at the same time hide spoiler Ahoy there mateys This book is about liuids and is frickin fascinating The First Mate and I both read his amazing book stuff matters and so we listened to this follow up book together We would stop after each chapter and discuss It was fun Favourites in this book include learning about ink liuid soap oceans and the effect of glaciers on tectonic plates Seriously both books are must reads I want another book asap ArrrrSide note Michael Page is seriously an awesome narrator. Wnik uses his winning formula of scientific storytelling to bring the everyday to life He reveals why liuids can flow up a tree but down a hill why oil is sticky how waves can travel so far and how to make the perfect cup of tea Here are the secret lives of substance. I enjoyed this well researched book by a materials scientist He mixes stuff from his own experience with general commentary It s an easy non technical read though he gets a bit preachy at times Here s the best review I saw online from Science magazine This is the one to read first and I don t have much to add For some reason this edition is showing a Spanish blurb The framing device a flight from London to San Francisco worked pretty well but got a little strained Overall 37 stars rounded up Recommended readingFrom my notes Kerosene aka jet fuel Pretty safe to handle but it has a LOT of potential energy A fully fueled jetliner makes a fine flying bomb as we discovered in the terror attacks on 9 11 2001The author liked to go swimming in the sea off Dublin even in winter a surprisingly popular activity there Until one day when he went out by himself and found out why no one else was there He almost drownedAnd I loved the story of the invention of the ballpoint pen By a Hungarian named Biro in the 1940s Ballpoints are still called biros in the UK His chapter on the origins and history of inks and pens from ancient Egypt to modern times is one of the highlights of the book Miodownik is my new favorite science writer I enjoyed reading this popular science book A lot of interesting liuid facts from erosene tar ink and pen wine cloud rain to tea and coffee to research on self repairing roads and liuid computers Each piece is well written and humous The last chapter touches climate change Highly recommended Suitable for adults and children 12 Liuid Rules is a historical and informative journey into a select number of liuids that govern our lives on planet Earth The book is structured around one single plane journey and various liuids that can be found there A surprisingly fun read The author takes us on a journey on an airplane with some delightful side trips including various discoveries My favorite part was when he describes making a refreshing cup of tea Narration by Michael Page is sublime Liuid 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 the latter on vacation picked instead The Uninhabitable Earth a recent screed on global warming by David Wallace Wells Fortunately however I chose wisely and therefore learned a few things while enjoying myself instead of choking on the dry and boring leftovers of global warming alarmismThe frame of Liuid Rules is of a London to San Francisco flight during which the author Mark Miodownik a materials scientist meditates on the various liuids with which he comes into contact Expertly and seamlessly worked into each discussion is the science behind liuids Miodownik begins as the plane takes off with explosive liuids not so much of the terrorist Ruhestand fr Einsteiger kind but of the fuelind focusing *On Kerosene Which Technically * kerosene which technically not explosive Then as he tries to relax intoxicating liuids where he confirms what I ve tended to believe that most wine appreciation is essentially a fraud as shown by among other things that experts given white wine dyed red almost uniformly describe it with the nomenclature they use only for red wines Next comes water We also get glues paints expectorated bodily fluids such as saliva and mucus cleaning fluids coolants ink clouds and magma All in all a fascinating brief tourMiodownik manages to get his facts right nearly one hundred percent of the time a rare feat for popularized writing which for some reason seems to attract basic errors like flies to honey even though you d think editors would find it easier to fact check than technical writing And I certainly learned a wide variety of interesting facts some about liuids some only indirectly related For example the master nurse Florence Nightingale was not only a crusader for sanitation in military hospitals in the Crimean War she was also a non trivial
mathematician and importantly the inventor of new graphical means of presenting data including a type of pie chart and importantly the inventor of new graphical means of presenting data including a type of pie chart is not to blame for PowerPoint Beyond mere interesting facts two major thoughts occurred to me on reading this book one about the history of science the other about airplane service They are grumpy and only tangentially related to the book I warn youRuminating on ink Miodownik ascribes the invention of the fountain pen to engineers employed by the caliph of the Maghreb in the year 974 Of itself this is of only passing interest but if examined closely it is emblematic of the 974 Of itself this is of only passing interest but if examined closely it is emblematic of the corruption of the history of science One part of that corruption is that false claims for Islamic scientific superiority completely pervade popular writing about science history due to an unceasing global campaign of propaganda by Muslim apologists If you read any Wikipedia article about any scientific invention prior to AD 1800 or so for example you are nearly certain to be treated to a lengthy discourse in a special section about how Muslims or those living under Muslim rule invented the object or process in uestion Books are not much better though the publishing process sometimes culls out the most obvious falsehoodsThis is not terribly surprising it is the normal approach for all groups with a severe inferiority complex The Soviets and the East Germans for example used to claim that Communists invented everything from fire to the telephone But that had much less impact on public nowledge because there was no pressure in the West to believe such silly things and it was before the internet and Wikipedia when facts were always filtered through professiona. This fascinating new book by the bestselling scientist and engineer Mark Miodownik is an expert tour of the world of the droplets heartbeats and ocean waves that we come across every day Structured around a plane journey which sees encounters with substances from wat.
Read & download Liuid Rules The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our LivesL editors rather than propagated directly to the masses by bored unemployed ideologues who cannot be made responsible for errors or lies Back then you had to read Pravda or visit an East Bloc museum to even hear the claims Today though it s not just Muslims pushing self puffery because Muslims are an approved victim group in the liturgy of intersectionality And lifting them out of oppression reuires by all people who are woke exaggerating or manufacturing historical contributions for the chosen groups including Muslims We are doubtless only a year or two away from Muslim History Month if any free months can be found You heard it here firstSo presumably Wikipedia is from where Miodownik got this obscure tidbit on a Fatimid caliph s supposed role in inventing the fountain pen But if examined closely one can see how the claim is totally false and how such false claims are dealt into common nowledge A fountain pen is a pen with a reservoir that applies ink to the page by capillary action a difficult technical task Although he does say he thinks that this seems unlikely due to its difficulty Miodownik also states as fact that the caliph was presented with the first fountain pen recorded in history The only source for this appears to be an article from 1981 in the Journal of Semitic Studies entitled A Medieval Islamic Prototype of the Fountain Pen Wikipedia also summarizes the takeaway of the article as the caliph was provided such a pen But the article actually only reports that the caliph asked for a pen with a reservoir that could be held upside down and when told this was not possible replied It is possible if God so wills There is no suggestion such a pen was really made or even developed in theory and given that it was only in the nineteenth century that such a pen was created after innumerable failures including by Leonardo da Vinci the chances are pretty clearly zero that it was Yet we are expected to swallow this and thousands of other similarly dubious claims as evidence that supposedly oppressed groups really are responsible for modern science and the benefits of the modern world instead of hated straight white males Such propaganda is wholesaled across our entire society in an attempt to for a wide variety of supposedly oppressed groups either claim accomplishments that they did not make or exaggerate or manufacture the importance of unimportant accomplishmentsTrue inventors in Islamic societies for a few hundred years made a variety of second order scientific discoveries some of which were used as building blocks by later far successful Western scientists To call those as they always are Muslim inventions is also propaganda it ignores that many or most inventions in the Golden Age of Islam were actually done by Christians or Jews since Islam always had a tense relationship with science It also gives its propaganda nature away by that Western discoveries are not called Christian inventions By itself how the fountain pen was invented is not very important But this little propaganda vignette illustrates the corruption of reality BY POLITICAL IDEOLOGY TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE OVER political ideology Tens of millions of people over past several years since this project really
GOT GOING HAVE HAD IMPLANTED INgoing have had implanted in brains the delusional idea that Islam or for that matter any culture other than the West had a great deal to do with modern science Is this the worst thing ever I suppose not but it s just another example of the rank stupidity of the present Indulging fantasies about the past is no way to make the future flourishLet s switch focus to a *different oppressed group airline passengers Since Miodownik is on an airline flight in *oppressed group airline passengers Since Miodownik is on an airline flight in class he notes several times in passing the various accompanying discomforts chief among them awful service He discusses the tea and coffee he is offered by a flight attendant who looked at me with a combination of boredom and impatience Bingo I ve been flying for thirty years now and I never cease to be amazed at how the abysmal service of flight attendants every year manages to plumb new depths But why is thisBad service meaning incompetent rude or nonexistent is a different complaint from the general discomfort of flying where we are all subjected to security theater and are packed into ever smaller seats with ever fewer amenities That is a function of cost and the simple fact is that most people demand incompatible ends they want the cheapest possible flights and they then complain when they are offered the cheapest possible way of getting them somewhere Moreover the airlines due to the power of big data and algorithms have the upper hand able for the first time in many decades to consistently extract profits aided hugely by the failure of US regulators to forbid anti competitive consolidation by slicing and dicing the pricing of flights and amenities But that is not why service by fli 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 and superfluous I didn t care for his persona while on the plane and his interactions with Susan I would have rather just read about the liuids without the froo fro all What a fun book I love books that are chock full of facts and that is what Liuid 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 chair whilst reading this book you won t feel any turbulence though if you re in an earthuake prone area you might feel the groun. Er and glue to coffee and wine he shows how these liuids can bring death and destruction as well as wonder and fascinationFrom László Bíró's revolutionary pen and Abraham Gesner's Farmer Boy kerosene to cutting edge research on self repairing roads and liuid computers Miodo.