Following my own suggestion after finishing Liquid Rules, I plunged into Stuff Matters. I was a little disappointed only from a professional standpoint. Personally, the book hit all the same notes. It was written in such a way that a layperson like me could understand, but also not feel like a was being talked down to from a knowledgeable elite. It also covered such a vast array of comment, everyday substances that I truly felt like I was learning new information about the way humans have transformed the Earth and it’s resources into new and diverse products.

Professionally, I think I was hoping to find a chapter or two that delved into mining of resources and the transformable way it which these materials are created and/or destroyed. But the more detailed science that I could use in my instruction was not as prevalent as it had been in the other book. That being said, I believe a middle school science teacher or general physical science teacher may find a number of useful passages even if I didn’t.

Not to worry, as I said I was not disappointed and will still had it to me list of non-fiction reads that I recommend for students and others. There are so many interesting materials to learn about from ceramics, to glass, to rubber, and so many more. It was simply fascinating to be reminded of items I believed I knew and invested in learning concepts I didn’t fully understand.

The authors additions of personal stories and his own interactions with the ‘stuff’ he covers make this book full of facts that don’t feel like science. The conversational tone and roll of topics from one to the next make for a page-turner as I didn’t want the time spent learning/listening/reading from Mike Miodownik to end – disappointedly it has currently been halted as I’ve read all his books.

Hopefully, he will write another and I will welcome the learning he wishes to share.

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Summer Reading Review: Stuff Matters

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