Liquid Rules: The Delightful & Dangerous Substances that Flow Through Our Lives

Written by:
Mark Miodownik
Narrated by:
Michael Page

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
February 2019
7 hours 17 minutes
A Physics Today Best Book of 2019

Finalist for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize Sometimes explosive, often delicious, occasionally poisonous, and always fascinating: the New York Times bestselling author of Stuff Matters offers an 'entertaining discussion of the various ways our lives are enriched by fluids” (The Wall Street Journal).

We know that we need water to survive, and that, for some of us, a cup of coffee or a glass of wine can feel just as vital. But do we really understand how much we rely on liquids, or their destructive power?

Set on one of the author's transatlantic flights, 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 his bestselling, award-winning Stuff Matters, Mark Miodownik’s unique brand of scientific storytelling brings his subject to life in ways that will inform and amuse science buffs and lay readers alike.
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Martin V.

An absolutely brilliant book, really well set out and super interesting. Will be listening to this again and soon as I want to retain so much of this book. Loved it.

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Fantastic reading of this fascinating book. The book is well suited to the audiobook form, as it can be taken in chapters like standalone podcasts and can therefore be revisited pretty much at random. A great accompaniment to gardening, train journeys, or just the washing up!

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