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Water: A Very Short Introduction

John Finney

August 2015

ISBN: 9780198708728

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Around 71% of the Earth's surface is covered in water. In this Very Short Introduction John Finney explores the science of water, its structure and remarkable properties, and its vital role for life on Earth.

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Around 71% of the Earth's surface is covered in water. In this Very Short Introduction John Finney explores the science of water, its structure and remarkable properties, and its vital role for life on Earth.

  • Provides an introduction to the science of water, ice, snow, and steam, and how the structure of water molecules gives rise to its physical and chemical properties
  • Discusses the key role of water in biology and the possibility of water on other planets in the Solar System and beyond.
  • Explains the importance of the properties of water to a range of disciplines, including chemistry, astrophysics, and earth and environmental sciences
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

John Finney, Emeritus Professor of Physics, University College London

John Finney is Emeritus Professor of Physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London and the London Centre for Nanotechnology. His research has focussed on liquids and disordered solids, beginning with his Ph.D. work with J.D. Bernal on liquid structure, subsequently developing to work on water, aqueous solutions and the role of water in protein stability and enzyme activity. He co-chaired the 2002 Gordon Research Conference on Water and Aqueous Solutions, organised a 2003 Royal Society Discussion Meeting on The molecular basis of life: is life possible without water? and co-edited Water and Life: the unique properties of H2O. He was a leading member of the research teams that have discovered four phases of ice, the first new phases to be found since the 1930s. From 1988 - 1993, he was Head of Neutron Science, and then Chief Scientist at the ISIS Pulsed Neutron Source, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

Table of Contents

    1: Water, water everywhere...
    2: The water molecule and its interactions
    3: Water as ice(s)
    4: Water as a liquid - and as glas(ses)
    5: The anomalies explained.
    6: Water as a biomolecule
    7: Some past and current controversies
    Further reading
    Index

Reviews

"a wake-up call to those who only think about it when their holiday's are washed out or their water bills arrive." - Northern Echo, Stephen Craggs

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