Book cover of The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization by Vince Beiserby Vince Beiser

A finalist for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

The gripping story of the most important overlooked commodity in the world–sand–and the crucial role it plays in our lives.

After water and air, sand is the natural resource that we consume more than any other–even more than oil. Every concrete building and paved road on Earth, every computer screen and silicon chip, is made from sand. From Egypt’s pyramids to the Hubble telescope, from the world’s tallest skyscraper to the sidewalk below it, from Chartres’ stained-glass windows to your iPhone, sand shelters us, empowers us, engages us, and inspires us. It’s the ingredient that makes possible our cities, our science, our lives–and our future.

Interview with the Author

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97: Vince Beiser | Why Sand Is More Important Than You Think It Is
9/20/18          55 min

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Sand w/ Vince Beiser
10/16/18          66 min

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#17 Vince Beiser | Sand: The Most Important Natural Resource in The World
3/25/21           60 min

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361 – Built on Sand
7/9/19           37 min

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#489 Sand
8/31/18          60 min

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