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From the PublisherThis book highlights the role that water plays in the origin, environment, and function of life, as well as the importance of water in human beliefs. … Each section includes chapters by leading scholars. … Recommended.
—N.W. Hinman, University of Montana, CHOICE, April 2011
"This most intellectual collection of essays brings into focus how remarkable this ubiquitous molecule water really is. While defining much of what is known it also leaves many questions that still require answers, such as can the evolutionary process both cosmic and organic be regarded as biocentric? Any thinking scientist interested in the life processes will find this a totally fascinating read."
—Chromatographia, 2011 73: 1037
"It covers a wide range of subjects in great detail … the book is interesting with well-considered perspectives. … [it] would be of greater interest to water professionals and scholars and may serve to allow greater understanding amongst the many disciplines present in the water research community."
—Chemistry World, November 2010
"In the present volume, you will find a much deeper probing, often with the powerful tools of quantum mechanics, of the subtle and sometimes unexpected features of the water molecule in its various states. … You will find here a group of counterfactual studies, where the chemists have picked up the challenge of the cosmologists to imagine other universes where certain physical constants are different. (Of particular interest is the strength of the hydrogen bond, with its implications not only for the physical behavior of water, but for the zipping or unzipping of the nucleic acid links in the strands of genetic DNA.) Toward the end of the book, a more philosophical approach to these pursuits is taken, searching for possible implications to the ‘big questions’ and asking whether anything from the biochemical laboratories hints at an answer about the purposefulness of the universe. Perhaps not unexpectedly, the answers are ambiguous, and the search goes on."
—From the Foreword by Owen Gingerich, professor emeritus of astronomy and the history of science, Harvard University, and senior astronomer emeritus, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA