What if you were stabbed one day? What would your take-home message be? Maybe you would avoid that particular walking route, perhaps you would start carrying pepper spray, or you might chalk the incident up to the vagaries of life. If you were Mark Miodownik, however, you would marvel at the material that sliced through so much. Miodownik, who was stabbed on a London Tube while a schoolboy, admits that the moment was life-changing, almost an epiphany. As the police quizzed him about the accident, all he could do was to stare at the steel blade lying on the table between them and feel amazement at the razor's perfect edge. "It was the birth of my obsession with materials," he says in his delightful book, Stuff Matters.
A single photograph showing the author at home, serves as anchor. Each chapter focuses on a different type of material in the picture: paper, chocolate, glass, ...
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No Man's Land
by Simon Tolkien
Inspired by the experiences of his grandfather, J. R. R. Tolkien, during World War I.
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