Mark Miodownik, born in 1969, is an English materials engineer and researcher. Thanks to his remarkable talents as a popular science writer (he has a column in "The Observer" and presents various shows on the BBC), he has been able to succeed in the difficult task of drawing young and old alike to the marvels of physics and chemistry. An Oxford graduate, he teaches Materials and Society at University College London and directs the Institute of Making, a sort of research consortium linked to UCL that designs, develops, and stores some of the most strange and mind-blowing substances on Earth. In 2013, he won the Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke Medal and in 2014, with "Stuff Matters", he won the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. Inside the book, which won book of the year at the Communication Awards of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in the United States, Miodownik maps out materials found in nature with the light touch of a brilliant amateur, and the competence of an experienced researcher, investigating the subtle plot of how the world was made.