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Liquid Rules

The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives
Written by: Mark Miodownik
Narrated by: Michael Page
Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
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Sometimes explosive, often delicious, occasionally poisonous, but always interesting: The New York Times best-selling author of Stuff Matters reveal the secret lives of liquids: the shadow counterpart of our solid "stuff". 

We all know that without water we couldn't survive, and that sometimes a cup of coffee or a glass of wine feels just as vital. But do we really understand how much we rely on liquids, or the destructive power they hold? Set over the course of a flight from London to San Francisco, Liquid Rules offers listeners a fascinating tour of these formless substances, told through the language of molecules, droplets, heartbeats, and ocean waves. Throughout the trip, we encounter fluids within the plane - from a seemingly ordinary cup of tea to a liquid crystal display screen - and without, in the volcanoes of Iceland, the frozen expanse of Greenland, and the marvelous California coastline. We come to see liquids as substances of wonder and fascination, and to understand their potential for death and destruction. Just as in Stuff Matters, Mark Miodownik's unique brand of scientific storytelling brings liquids and their mysterious properties to life in a captivating new way.

©2019 Mark Miodownik (P)2019 Recorded Books

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  • Catherine Puma
  • Alexandria, VA
  • 2019-03-06

Eye Opening Discussion of Everyday Liquids

I was delighted when I saw Miodownik was coming out with another book. Having enjoyed his "Stuff Matters", I acquired "Liquid Rules" and was not disappointed. Framed by the narrative device of observing liquids around him while flying from Britain to California, Miodownik describes oceans, glaciers, clouds, wine, saliva, droplets in the pressurized cabin, tea, coffee, blood... to name a few.

I learned so much! As a result, I found myself not just noticing all the liquids I encounter in my life, but also contemplating what properties they have in relation to one another. This included pondering the process of converting my bar of solid soap into a liquid substance by interacting it with water, another liquid. Miodownik's section on hand soap vs. liquid soap (and his preference for the former) was thus especially interesting.

My only quibble with this work was its lack of acknowledging its own limitations. The subtitle implies that "dangerous" liquids would also be discussed, but--with the exception of mercury--the diversity of naturally occurring toxins and poisons are not mentioned. Of course it is unrealistic to expect such a short work to touch upon everything, but I wish there was more of a "there's so much more to learn and discuss" preface and/or conclusion. That being said, this was extremely eye opening, as "Stuff Matters" was, and I will be recommending it to many. This is a great way to inspire a natural curiosity for the natural observation of fluid dynamics. I can even see myself re-reading it again!

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  • J Mikel
  • United States
  • 2019-03-18

You want to learn something? Try this!

This book makes the complex simple and understandable. I never realized how little I knew about liquids.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-06

Not nearly as good as his other book<br />

Not nearly as good as his other book - too much time on common information

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  • Badry
  • 2019-04-02

Very informative and fun to listen to

My only complaint is that he’s using Fahrenheit not celsius temperatures and I wanted the book to be longer.

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  • Ken Miner
  • 2019-03-01

Great information

This information is presented in an easy to understand and easy to listen to format. Listened to Stuff Matters also, looking for more like books these.

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  • R. MCRACKAN
  • Raleigh, NC
  • 2019-02-28

Appreciation of liquids

I loved "Stuff Matters" and was delighted to see that there's a sequel. Liquid Rules has all the strengths of Stuff Matters: wit, focused bite sized chapters, science, interesting history, and perfect narration. For anyone who enjoyed either Stuff Matters or Liquid Rules, you should definitely also check out the other. I can't help but wonder what his next theme will be.