Water: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | August 20, 2015

byJohn Finney

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Water dominates the surface of Earth and is vital to life on our planet. It is a remarkable liquid which shows anomalous behaviour. In this Very Short Introduction John Finney introduces the science of water, and explores how the structure of water molecules gives rise to its physical andchemical properties. Considering water in all three of its states as ice and steam as well as liquid, Finney explains the great importance of an understanding of its structure and behaviour to a range of fields including chemistry, astrophysics, and earth and environmental sciences. Finney describesthe role of water in biology, and ends with a discussion of the outstanding controversies concerning water, and some of the "magical" properties which have been claimed for it. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Water dominates the surface of Earth and is vital to life on our planet. It is a remarkable liquid which shows anomalous behaviour. In this Very Short Introduction John Finney introduces the science of water, and explores how the structure of water molecules gives rise to its physical andchemical properties. Considering water in all th...

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 so...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.68 inPublished:August 20, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198708726

ISBN - 13:9780198708728

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Table of Contents

1. Water, water everywhere...2. The water molecule and its interactions3. Water as ice(s)4. Water as a liquid - and as glas(ses)5. The anomalies explained.6. Water as a biomolecule7. Some past and current controversiesFurther readingIndex