Water: A Very Short Introduction – Book Review

This is a very well written and informative introduction to our scientific understanding of water. Even though water is one of the most common substances around (we ourselves are 70% water), the actual deep understanding of water has been a very elusive topic. In general, studying liquids is a very difficult subject, and it’s in its liquid form where most of the important and unique aspects of water are found. My own background is in Theoretical Physics, and even though I would like to think that my understanding of solid and gaseous states of matter is very solid, my understanding of liquids is rather rudimentary. Studying liquids is not a part of standard Physics curriculum, and I was grateful to learn a lot about it from this small book, especially on a very fundamental molecular level. The book goes into some depth in the function of water for life, since water is indubitably one of the most essential substances for existence of life in the first place. I have also learned a lot about very rich structure of solid water, i.e. ice. It turns out that there are about seventeen different kinds of ice, and water in its solid form is one of the more complex substances that we know.

This is a fairly technical book, and even though it doesn’t use any equations and other advanced scientific tools, it does require a fairly high level of scientific literacy from the reader. Overall, though, I highly recommend it.


Bojan Tunguz

Bojan Tunguz was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which he and his family fled during the civil war for the neighboring Croatia. Over the past two decades he has studied, lived and worked in the United States. He is a theoretical physicist with degrees from Stanford and University of Illinois. Tunguz has taught physics at several prominent liberal arts colleges and has been writing about physics, science and technology for more than a decade. He also has a wide spectrum of interests, and reads and writes about current events, society, culture, religion and politics. Over the years he has reviewed many of the books that he has read, and posted his reviews on various online outlets. In 2011 he had become a top 10 reviewer on Amazon.com, where he continues to be very active. Aside from reading and writing, Tunguz enjoys traveling, digital photography, hiking, and fitness. He resides with his wife in Indiana. You can follow my review updates on the following pages as well: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tunguzreview Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tunguzreviews Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/104312842297641697463/posts

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