Miodownik first contemplated materials and their relationship to human culture when he was stabbed in a Tube station as a school boy. The weapon was a tiny piece of steel. He writes that ‘since the stabbing incident, I have spent the vast majority of my time obsessing about materials.
Here’s a science book that is guaranteed to intrigue the lay person as well as appealing to scientists, designers, engineers and architects. It recently won the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books which celebrates ‘outstanding popular science books’.