We know that we need water to survive, and that a cup of coffee or a glass of wine can feel just as vital. But do we understand how much we rely on liquids, or their destructive power?
Set on a transatlantic flight, Liquid Rules offers readers a tour of these formless substances, told through the language of molecules, droplets, heartbeats, and ocean waves. We encounter fluids within the plane—from hand soap to liquid crystal display screens—and without: in the volcanoes of Iceland, the frozen expanse of Greenland, and the marvelous California coastline. We come to see liquids with wonder and fascination, and to understand their potential for death and destruction. Just as in Stuff Matters, Mark Miodownik’s unique brand of scientific storytelling brings liquids to life in a captivating new way.
“Mark Miodownik is the science communicator’s science communicator . . . Once again, he 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.”
“It's probably fair to say that most people don't find materials science an inherently exciting topic. But this opinion is nearly impossible to hold after reading anything written by Mark Miodownik. In Stuff Matters, Miodownik revealed that materials as apparently humdrum as concrete are actually amazing. In Liquid Rules, Miodownik yet again makes the seemingly mundane awe-inspiring. I'll never look at a ballpoint pen the same way again.”
—Kelly and Zach Weinersmith, New York Times-bestselling authors of Soonish
“Mark Miodownik flies high again in Liquid Rules. It’s a treat to see the world through his eyes as he flows from topic to topic, and under his gaze even the most mundane things—ballpoint pens, ketchup bottles, a cup of tea—sizzle with significance.”
—Sam Kean, New York Times-bestselling author of The Disappearing Spoon and Caesar’s Last Breath
“A witty, engaging, and deeply knowledgeable look at our nonsolid world. By taking a transatlantic flight with Miodownik, you’ll be amazed by what you learn.”
—Jon Gertner, New York Times-bestselling author of The Idea Factory and The Ice at the End of the World
“This book delivers exactly what it promises . . . A splendid soup of liquid-related science . . . It's a treat. I lost count of the number of ‘but why?’ questions it answers . . . This is a winning and hugely readable book.”