Water

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This is water the way humanity has learned to know it, from the element as described in ancient times and the myths associated with it to the chemical formula familiar to students today. Modern governments watch over water by monitoring its quality and regulating its consumption. Today's citizens have legitimate concerns about water - pollution, contamination, and drought - that have made them ever vigilant. Despite its familiarity, water nevertheless continues to disconcert researchers. A great deal of progress ...
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Overview

This is water the way humanity has learned to know it, from the element as described in ancient times and the myths associated with it to the chemical formula familiar to students today. Modern governments watch over water by monitoring its quality and regulating its consumption. Today's citizens have legitimate concerns about water - pollution, contamination, and drought - that have made them ever vigilant. Despite its familiarity, water nevertheless continues to disconcert researchers. A great deal of progress in the investigation of water's physical properties has resulted from the use of simulations and massive calculations by the most powerful computers available. We understand the state changes undergone by water: ice, liquid, and vapor. We know how to measure the varied properties of water over a wide range of temperatures, yet the measurements reveal that water acts like a strange substance that defies logic. Is water "abnormal"? The jury is still out....Scientific thinking on this question is divided. The best minds once again combine water and imagination....
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  • ISBN-13: 9780070099906
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 7/1/1993
  • Series: The McGraw-Hill Horizons of Science Ser.
  • Edition description: English language ed
  • Pages: 155
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
I Legal water 21
Pure water, drinking water, consumable water 23
Why the government? 29
Return to romance 33
II The mechanics of water 35
Continuity 36
The mathematics of flow 38
The skin of water 45
Gas and bubbles 48
The constants 51
III Analysis of water 55
Chemical composition 55
Isotopic composition 60
IV The isolated water molecule 67
How does a water molecule look? 72
Excited states of the water molecule 77
The electronic structure of the molecule 82
V The collective life of water molecules 85
Dimers, trimers, and company 86
Ice 95
Liquid 102
Simulation 110
The water of limits 115
VI Water and other things 121
Water and salts 123
Water and large molecules: life 128
Water and earth 134
VII Mythical water 137
From the "Piccardi effect" to the "memory of water" 145
The pathological science of Langmuir 151
Epilogue 155
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