Stuff Matters

Stuff Matters
Author: Mark Miodownik
Pages: 252
ISBN: 9780544236042
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Release: 2014-05-27
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A world-leading materials scientist presents an engrossing collection of stories that explain the science and history of materials, from the plastic in our appliances to the elastic in our underpants, revealing the miracles of engineering that seep into our everyday lives. 25,000 first printing.

Stuff Matters

Stuff Matters
Author: Mark Miodownik
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780544237049
Available:
Release: 2014-05-27
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

New York Times Bestseller • New York Times Notable Book 2014 • Winner of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books “A thrilling account of the modern material world.” —Wall Street Journal "Miodownik, a materials scientist, explains the history and science behind things such as paper, glass, chocolate, and concrete with an infectious enthusiasm." —Scientific American Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does any material look and behave the way it does? These are the sorts of questions that renowned materials scientist Mark Miodownik constantly asks himself. Miodownik studies objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world. In Stuff Matters, Miodownik explores the materials he encounters in a typical morning, from the steel in his razor to the foam in his sneakers. Full of enthralling tales of the miracles of engineering that permeate our lives, Stuff Matters will make you see stuff in a whole new way. "Stuff Matters is about hidden wonders, the astonishing properties of materials we think boring, banal, and unworthy of attention...It's possible this science and these stories have been told elsewhere, but like the best chocolatiers, Miodownik gets the blend right." —New York Times Book Review

Stuff Matters

Stuff Matters
Author: Mark Miodownik
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780141970745
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Release: 2013-06-06
Editor: Penguin UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

* * * Winner of the 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books * * * Stuff Matters by Mark Miodnownik is a unique and inspiring exploration of human creativity. 'Enthralling. A mission to re-acquaint us with the wonders of the fabric that sustains our lives' Guardian Everything is made of something... From the everyday objects in our homes to the most extraordinary new materials that will shape our future, Stuff Matters reveals the miracles of craft, design, engineering and ingenuity that surround us every day. From the tea-cup to the jet engine, the silicon chip to the paper clip, from the ancient technologies of fabrics and ceramic to today's self-healing metals and bionic implants, this is a book to inspire amazement and delight at mankind's material creativity. 'A certain sort of madness may be necessary to pull off what he has attempted here, which is a wholesale animation of the inanimate: Miodownik achieves precisely what he sets out to' The Times 'Insightful, fascinating. The futuristic materials will elicit gasps. Makes even the most everyday substance seem exciting' Sunday Times 'Wonderful. Miodownik writes well enough to make even concrete sparkle' Financial Times 'I stayed up all night reading this book' Oliver Sacks 'Expert, deftly written, immensely enjoyable' Observer Mark Miodownik is Professor of Materials and Society at UCL, scientist-in-residence on Dara O Briain's Science Club (BBC2) and presenter of several documentaries, including The Genius of Invention (BBC2). In 2010, he gave the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, broadcast on BBC4. He is Director of the UCL Institute of Making, which is home to a materials library containing some of the most wondrous matter on earth, and has collaborated to make interactive events with many museums, such as Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery and Wellcome Collection. In 2014 Stuff Matters won the Royal Society Winton Prize.

Liquid

Liquid
Author: Mark Miodownik
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780241977316
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Release: 2018-09-06
Editor: Penguin UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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 the world of these surprising or sinister substances - the droplets, heartbeats and ocean waves we all encounter every day. Structured around a plane journey which sees encounters with water, wine, oil and more, Miodownik shows that liquids are agents of death and destruction as well as substances of wonder and fascination, and - just as in Stuff Matters - his unique brand of scientific storytelling brings them and their mysterious properties alive in a captivating new way.

Jessica Stockholder Stuff Matters

Jessica Stockholder  Stuff Matters
Author: Ann Lauterbach,Monika Szewczyk
Pages: 196
ISBN: 8867493787
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Release: 2019-10-22
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This summer, Centraal Museum is in the hands of Jessica Stockholder (1959). The museum is showing special loan pieces, new sculptures and an installation that Stockholder created specifically for this exhibition. Stockholder also to incorporated pieces from the huge museum collection. As Stockholder explains: "I have selected items from the collection that resonate with my own work. In a certain sense I treated the collection as one of my materials, and have investigated how the meaning of each work changes depending on the context." Stockholder selected over 60 items from more than 45 makers. By combining these works in unexpected ways, new and intriguing relationships emerge between artists, artisans and designers, regardless of historical era and discipline. Thus, 17th-century works amicably rub shoulders with contemporary still lifes. This collaboration with Jessica Stockholder is a unique opportunity for Centraal Museum to present its collection--the DNA of the museum--in a light-hearted and wide-ranging way. This DNA derives from makers from Utrecht, from the Netherlands, and from around the world. Stockholder deftly weaves these different strands together to form a harmonious whole. From Bart van der Leck to Helen Price and from Gustave Courbet to Gerrit Rietveld: in 'Stuff Matters' they are all equally at home.00Exhibition: Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands (19.04.-01.09.2019).

Relevance

Relevance
Author: Tim Manners
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781440634611
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Release: 2008-09-18
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

After years studying remarkable companies and speaking to some of the most influential leaders around, Tim Manners has discovered a solution to the marketing woes of many brands. Stop worrying about demographics, fads, and cutting-edge advertising. Instead, focus on relevance. Manners shares how the best of the best create solutions to their customers’ problems and help them live happier lives. You’ll learn how: Levi’s reasserted relevance when it created wardrobe solutions for men. Dunkin’ Donuts stopped trying to mimic the look and feel of Starbucks and found success by delivering a simple, quick cup of joe. Hasbro reinvented board games for today’s time-pressed consumers. Kleenex’s new germ-fighting tissues helped keep the company relevant by turning a useful product into a necessary one. Staples stopped wasting its shoppers’ time with extraneous products. Nintendo’s simple design for the Wii appealed to consumers of all ages and game designers alike, allowing it to outsell its competitors. The path to sustainable growth for your brand begins with designing meaningful solutions and providing them when and where people need them most. Relevance will teach you how to become—and remain—indispensable.

The Alchemy of Us

The Alchemy of Us
Author: Ainissa Ramirez
Pages: 328
ISBN: 9780262542265
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Release: 2021-04-06
Editor: MIT Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Materials science, wedged as it is between the ... fields of chemistry and physics, teaches us that everything in our world is due to the interactions of atoms. If you can find out how they interact to make up the physical world, then you can also change the way that atoms act to make them do new things and, as we develop new materials, we discover that materials and humans are constantly being molded by each other. [This book] shows how materials were shaped by inventors, but also how those materials shaped culture ... Particularly, [it] highlights how quartz clocks, steel rails, copper cables, silver photographic films, carbon light bulb filaments, magnetic disks, glass labware, and silicon chips radically altered how we interact, connect, convey, capture, see, share, discover, and think"--

Stuff Matters Genius Risk and the Secret of Capitalism

Stuff Matters  Genius  Risk and the Secret of Capitalism
Author: Harry Bingham
Pages: 180
ISBN: 9780007375172
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Release: 2010-07-08
Editor: HarperCollins UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A counter-blast to the bashing of capitalism and a fresh and bold re-evaluation of the fundamentals that turn genius into hard currency.

Stuff That Matters

Stuff That Matters
Author: James G Watt
Pages: 318
ISBN: 1626974500
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Release: 2013-05
Editor: Xulon Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Dad, tell us the story about... Our kids don't remember it." So I started writing down the stories about the incidents of my life that have impacted me, made a difference - that have value: A legacy, not of goods or money, but of influence and of principles for life that have transferable value, the stuff that matters. Some of you reading these random, short stories are not directly related; some of you will have heard a few of them in one form or other - or are the subject of them. I make no apology. Some of you were there when they happened and some of you never knew it mattered to me. I want all you kids to know that great moments and valued experiences don't come from the complexities of life and sophisticated education, but from simple truths and day to day experiences - the ah-ha's of life. Or as your mother would say, the holy moments: the insightful times in our lives when we should say, Selah, that Hebrew word we find in the Bible, that means stop and pause and think on these things you have just read. This book is about the Selah moments in my life plus a few other incidents, stories and fun times - stuff that matters. James G. Watt - has lived a full life as Husband -'57; Father - '60; Christian - '64; and Grandfather - '82. He was born ('38) and raised in small rural Wyoming towns and educated at the University of Wyoming (BS '60, JD '62). His professional career included a host of US Government positions starting with a United States Senator from Wyoming and ended as President Ronald Reagan's first Secretary of the Interior. He practiced public interest law, started two public companies, was a consultant, professor, professional speaker and now teaches Sunday School and leads men's Bible study groups.

The Way to Go

The Way to Go
Author: Kate Ascher
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780143127949
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Release: 2015
Editor: Penguin Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In our digital age, it's easy to forget that almost everything we enjoy about modern life depends on movement. We ride cars, buses and trains to work and play; enjoy food and clothes shipped over oceans; fly high in the sky to any point on the planet. So what does it really take to keep our world constantly moving? Exploring our incredible interconnected world is the task of Kate Ascher's The Way To Go. Lusciously illustrated and meticulously researched, The Way To Go reveals the highly complex and largely invisible network of global transportation.

The Lazy Genius Way

The Lazy Genius Way
Author: Kendra Adachi
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780525653936
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Release: 2021-08
Editor: WaterBrook
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - Being a Lazy Genius isn't about doing more or doing less. It's about doing what matters to you. "I could not be more excited about this book."--Jenna Fischer, actor and cohost of the Office Ladies podcast The chorus of "shoulds" is loud. You should enjoy the moment, dream big, have it all, get up before the sun, track your water consumption, go on date nights, and be the best. Or maybe you should ignore what people think, live on dry shampoo, be a negligent PTA mom, have a dirty house, and claim your hot mess like a badge of honor. It's so easy to feel overwhelmed by the mixed messages of what it means to live well. Kendra Adachi, the creator of the Lazy Genius movement, invites you to live well by your own definition and equips you to be a genius about what matters and lazy about what doesn't. Everything from your morning routine to napping without guilt falls into place with Kendra's thirteen Lazy Genius principles, including: - Decide once - Start small - Ask the Magic Question - Go in the right order - Schedule rest Discover a better way to approach your relationships, work, and piles of mail. Be who you are without the complication of everyone else's "shoulds." Do what matters, skip the rest, and be a person again.

Girlology

Girlology
Author: Melisa Holmes, M.D.,Trish Hutchison, M.D.
Pages: 255
ISBN: 1435209478
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Release: 2007-09-01
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Presents straight talk about friendships, parents, sexuality, teen relationships, media influences, and values to empower girls to build confidence, understand their bodies, and envision their potential.

Stuff Happens

Stuff Happens
Author: Emma Gleeson
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780241988213
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Release: 2021-02-25
Editor: Penguin UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

'What I LOVE about it is that it not only addresses the emotional and overwhelming part about decluttering, but also talks about doing it RESPONSIBLY' Aisling Bea, Instagram Life is messy, and sometimes so is your space. As a reformed hoarder turned professional declutterer, Emma Gleeson knows how easy it is to be overwhelmed by stuff. Stuff Happens! is her life-changing guide to getting a handle on your stuff and reclaiming your peace of mind. Stuff Happens! is brimful of practical advice on . . . · what to keep and what to chuck (responsibly) · how to shop (especially if you struggle with a fast fashion habit) · how to organize (however tiny your space) Stuff Happens! is packed with clever room-by-room pointers and ingenious tips and hacks. Not only that, it will change your relationship with stuff forever. By putting you, rather than some dream of minimalism, at the heart of the process Emma explains that it's natural to have stuff and easier than you think to stop it getting out of control. Filled with aha moments from Emma's and her clients' lives, and fantastic tools for making lasting change, Stuff Happens! will transform both your space and your headspace - so that you can focus on what's really important. _______________ 'Genius! Stunning and thought-provoking' Laura de Barra, author of Gaff Goddess 'So well thought out, practical and personal' Emer McLysaght 'Simply brilliant. I find myself returning to it again and again' Hilary Fannin 'Fab! As a total hoarder and un-organiser, Stuff Happens! is what the doctor ordered' James Kavanagh 'Not just practical, I loved how brilliantly Emma explained the psychology behind so many common problems we all have in dealing with our stuff' Daniella Moyles, author of Jump

Enlightenment 2 0

Enlightenment 2 0
Author: Joseph Heath
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781443422543
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Release: 2014-04-15
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The co-author of the internationally bestselling The Rebel Sell brings us "slow politics": promoting slow thought, slow deliberation and slow debate. Over the last twenty years, the political systems of the western world have become increasingly divided--not between right and left but between crazy and non-crazy. What’s more, the crazies seem to be gaining the upper hand. Rational thought cannot prevail in the current social and media environment, where elections are won by appealing to voters’ hearts rather than their minds. The rapid-fire pace of modern politics, the hypnotic repetition of daily news items and even the multitude of visual sources of information all make it difficult for the voice of reason to be heard. In Enlightenment 2.0, bestselling author Joseph Heath outlines a program for a second Enlightenment. The answer, he argues, lies in a new “slow politics.” It takes as its point of departure recent psychological and philosophical research that identifies quite clearly the social and environmental preconditions for the exercise of rational thought. It is impossible to restore sanity merely by being sane and trying to speak in a reasonable tone of voice. The only way to restore sanity is by engaging in collective action against the social conditions that have crowded it out.

Raising Kids Who Care

Raising Kids Who Care
Author: Susy Lee,Susy Lee Deck
Pages: 308
ISBN: 0645141003
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Release: 2021-05-20
Editor: 598press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

How do we encourage kids to talk with us about even the trickiest issues? Talking about the stuff that matters with your kids is not easy, but communication is the best tool we have for life and love. This book will guide you through 40 practical conversations using the structure of a family trip. It'll be meaningful fun. When you start having the conversations in this book, your kids will start changing their world!Inside, you'll discover: ?Stories, tips and research to inform the conversations?Relationship skills to build (like listening and conflict resolution)?How to combat the influences of our culture (like consumerism and tech devices)?How to build resilience, values, character and purpose?How our kids can play a part in solving problems, rather than being brought down by them?Advice from caring young adults about what worked for them!As parents, we want our kids to have happy, loving lives. As a society, we need kids who are capable of thinking and acting beyond themselves to help others have happy, loving lives too."There is a huge secret to life which most families - and most parenting books - completely miss. That we humans are happiest when we are living for each other, and discovering the fun that brings. In a society that is all about 'me' we have never been more stressed or miserable. Caring is a word that holds the key to life going well, and is the real heart of being human. This book shows you how to foster it. "Susy Lee's book is one of those rare ones you want to have at hand long term, as even dipping in seems to spark you with ideas and clues for really engaging with your children. What to ask, what to challenge them with, what to provoke them with. "Brightly and clearly written, with real personality, this book turns on its head our focus on making kids happy, and instead shows how to make them generators of happiness." - Steve Biddulph AM

The Little Stuff Matters Most

The Little Stuff Matters Most
Author: Bernie Brillstein,David Rensin,David Sipress
Pages: 169
ISBN: 1592400795
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Release: 2004
Editor: Gotham
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A noted Hollywood manager and producer draws on his own fifty-year career to provide fifty important lessons, insights, words of wisdom, and rules that can be applied to the business world, including such memorable tips as "Don't pet the snakes," "Have an opinion, even if it's wrong," "It's all lies, and that's the truth," and "Know the difference between hot and good." 50,000 first printing

Rationality

Rationality
Author: Steven Pinker
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9780525562009
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Release: 2021-09-28
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Can reading a book make you more rational? Can it help us understand why there is so much irrationality in the world? Steven Pinker, author of Enlightenment Now (Bill Gates’s "new favorite book of all time”) answers all the questions here Today humanity is reaching new heights of scientific understanding--and also appears to be losing its mind. How can a species that developed vaccines for Covid-19 in less than a year produce so much fake news, medical quackery, and conspiracy theorizing? Pinker rejects the cynical cliché that humans are simply irrational--cavemen out of time saddled with biases, fallacies, and illusions. After all, we discovered the laws of nature, lengthened and enriched our lives, and set out the benchmarks for rationality itself. We actually think in ways that are sensible in the low-tech contexts in which we spend most of our lives, but fail to take advantage of the powerful tools of reasoning we’ve discovered over the millennia: logic, critical thinking, probability, correlation and causation, and optimal ways to update beliefs and commit to choices individually and with others. These tools are not a standard part of our education, and have never been presented clearly and entertainingly in a single book--until now. Rationality also explores its opposite: how the rational pursuit of self-interest, sectarian solidarity, and uplifting mythology can add up to crippling irrationality in a society. Collective rationality depends on norms that are explicitly designed to promote objectivity and truth. Rationality matters. It leads to better choices in our lives and in the public sphere, and is the ultimate driver of social justice and moral progress. Brimming with Pinker’s customary insight and humor, Rationality will enlighten, inspire, and empower.

Every Moment Matters

Every Moment Matters
Author: John St.Augustine
Pages: 208
ISBN: 1571745890
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Release: 2010-01-08
Editor: Hampton Roads Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Small slices of time go unnoticed. You go about your day, never realizing how much information missed moments contain. They are packed with lessons about living life to its fullest. John St.Augustine can teach you how to notice these ordinary moments. Remember them. Relive them. Live in the present while creating future moments that have depth, meaning, and purpose. Through anecdotes from his own life, St.Augustine demonstrates how to turn ordinary moments into extraordinary ones. Be still. Pay attention. Find the moments that matter.

Hope Matters

Hope Matters
Author: Elin Kelsey
Pages: 229
ISBN: 9781771647786
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Release: 2020-10-27
Editor: Greystone Books Ltd
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“This book comes at just the right moment. It is NOT too late if we get together and take action, NOW.” —Jane Goodall Fears about climate change are fueling an epidemic of despair across the world: adults worry about their children’s future; thirty-somethings question whether they should have kids or not; and many young people honestly believe they have no future at all. In the face of extreme eco-anxiety, scholar and award-winning author Elin Kelsey argues that our hopelessness—while an understandable reaction—is hampering our ability to address the very real problems we face. Kelsey offers a powerful solution: hope itself. Hope Matters boldly breaks through the narrative of doom and gloom to show why evidence-based hope, not fear, is our most powerful tool for change. Kelsey shares real-life examples of positive climate news that reveal the power of our mindsets to shape reality, the resilience of nature, and the transformative possibilities of individual and collective action. And she demonstrates how we can build on positive trends to work toward a sustainable and just future, before it’s too late. Praise for Hope Matters “Whether you consider yourself a passionate ally of nature, a busy bystander, or anything in between, this book will uplift your spirits, helping you find hope in the face of climate crisis.” —Veronica Joyce Lin, North American Association for Environmental Education “30 Under 30” “A tonic in hard times.” —Claudia Dreyguis, author of Scientific Conversations: Interviews on Science from the New York Times “Beautifully written and an effective antidote against apathy and inaction.” —Christof Mauch, Director, Rachel Carson Center for the Environment and Society Published in Partnership with the David Suzuki Institute.

Real Life 101

Real Life 101
Author: Derek Avdul,Steve Avdul
Pages: 164
ISBN: 0974728705
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Release: 2004
Editor: Galt Industries LLC
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Real Life 101: A Guide To Stuff That Actually Matter is an easy-to-understand book for life in the real world. It teaches adults how to make smart, informed decisions on everyday living issues such as: renting an apartment, budgeting, moving, buying or leasing a car, understanding healthcare, and organizing personal finances.