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Inside this Book – I HAD NEVER BEEN asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement in the bathroom of a pub before, so it came as something of a relief to discover that this was all that Brian was asking me to do. I had met Brian for the first time only an hour earlier. We were in Sheehan’s, a pub in Dun Laoghaire that wasn’t far from where I worked at the time in Dublin. Brian was a red- faced man in his sixties with a walking stick for his bad leg. He was smartly dressed in a suit and had thinning gray hair with a yellowish tinge. He chain-smoked Silk Cut cigarettes. Once Brian found out that I was a scientist he guessed rightly that I would be interested to hear stories of his life in London in the 1970s, when he was in the right place at the right time to trade Intel 4004 silicon chips, which he imported in boxes of twelve thousand for £1 each and sold in small batches to the fledgling computer industry for £10 each. When I mentioned that I was researching metal alloys in the Mechanical Engineering Department of University College Dublin, he looked pensive and was quiet for the first time. I took this as an opportune moment to head to the bathroom.
Inside this book –Stuff Matters PDF Book by Mark Miodownik – PAPER IS SO MUCH part of our everyday lives that we may easily forget that for much of history it was rare and expensive. We wake up in the morning with paper decorating our walls, either in the form of posters and prints or as wallpaper itself. We head to the bathroom for our morning ablution and there make use of toilet paper, an item which, if absent, quickly foments a personal crisis. We head to the kitchen, where paper in the form of colored cardboard provides not just the containers for our breakfast cereals but the soundboard for them too, as they rattle their happy morning song. Our fruit juice, similarly, is contained by waxed cardboard, as is the milk. Tea leaves are encapsulated in a paper tea bag, so they can be immersed in and easily retrieved from hot water, and coffee is filtered through paper. After breakfast we may head off to face the world, but we rarely do so without taking paper with us in the form of money, notes, books, and magazines. Even if we don’t leave the house with paper we quickly accrue it: we are issued paper in the form of transport tickets, we pick up a newspaper, or we buy a snack and are handed a paper receipt as a record of the purchase. Most people’s work involves plenty of paperwork: despite talk of a paperless office, this has never transpired, nor does it look likely to, such is our trust in this material as a store of information.
Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik PDF : eBook Information
- Full Book Name – Stuff Matters
- Author of this Book – Mark Miodownik
- Language – English
- Book Genre – Science
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