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Stuff Matters wins Winton prize

Mark Miodownik, a materials scientist at University College London, has won the Royal Society’s 2014 science book prize.

His book Stuff Matters: The strange stories of the marvellous materials that shape our man-made world bested five other shortlisted books to win the £25,000 award. 

Nicky Clayton, professor of comparative cognition at the University of Cambridge and the chairwoman of the judging panel, said that Stuff Matters stood out from the start of the judging process. “This book is very special—it leaves you with a feeling of being intellectually curious and inspired by everything around you and by all the marvellous feats that our species has accomplished,” she said. 

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