A world-leading materials scientist presents an engrossing collection of stories that explain the science and history of materials, from the plastic in our appliances to the elastic in our underpants, revealing the miracles of engineering that seep into our everyday lives. 25, 000 first printing.is how cement turns into concrete. ... as with any chemical reaction, if you get the ratio of the ingredients wrong, then you get a mess. in the case of concrete, if you add too much water there wona#39;t be enough ... Such poor concrete can go undiscovered but then lead to catastrophe many years after the builders have departed.
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