On the opposite side of the semantics coin, it's not only about Materials and their properties. CS and I have had disagreements about this in the past, but what I'd like to forward as an example is this:
Certainly one of the worst materials for intrinsic Buoyancy in Water is Steel. Many other materials float-- much better than steel. And yet we don't see large oceangoing craft manufactured from balsa wood or styrofoam. Generally they're made of steel.
So steel floats, does it? No, it doesn't, just looking at its density (a material property) will tell you that. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand it's the enclosed air that is giving the buoyancy (from one who has actually worked on steel boats).
Turntable building and design philosophy is not a problem that is solved by looking up a material on a chart or list and declaring victory.
well, may be not, but it is a far better starting point than the usual 'suck it and see' approach.
Materials in combination with other materials, or even in combinations with themselves-- ie, layered materials, say-- behave differently in combination than what the chart says about their intrinsic properties.
so you have changed the material, and wonder that it's different. Thankfully, modelling of layers of materials will provide the answers, saving years of kit bashing in the shed/garage.
Counterintuitively ---steel floats, in an appropriately designed project.
intuitively, steel does not float, fresh air encased in steel floats!
What I expect the attraction for CS may be in the charts and lists is the potential for finding a position that is contrary to the accepted methods, and thereby standing apart from the crowd.
The attraction, if you want to call it that, for CS is that he wanted to show that all the rubbish talked about this or that material was just that, rubbish. And he showed this by measurement, backed up by real life builds, by himself and others who believed in the priciples, and there are many builds.
And yet. If you did your shipbuilding project from a Buoyancy Chart Of Materials, you'd end up designing your QEII from balsa or styro.
or fresh air clad in steel.