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Once when I was guiding an intelligent Material Science Engineer in writing his admission essays, I found his enthusiasm for materials infectious. As he sat next to me explaining how everything boils down to materials, I could actually visualize our world made up of tiny blocks of materials. Today’s link points to a blog written by Bill Gates on his favourite author – the historian Vaclav Smil – and his book – Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization.

In the article, Mr. Gates tells us why Smil is his favourite author and how talking about materials is not a mundane topic but a very important and a fascinating one.