Author: Jestin Baby Mandumpal

A Journey Through Water: A Scientific Exploration of The Most Anomalous Liquid on Earth

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ISBN: 978-1-68108-424-4 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-423-7 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2017
DOI: 10.2174/97816810842371170101


A Journey Through Water: A Scientific Exploration of The Most Anomalous Liquid on Earth , is a monograph about water at molecular level. The monograph explores how its peculiar properties are related to its molecular structure. Readers are introduced to water through information about water in a wider perspective, properties of its liquid state, experimental techniques for molecular level investigations of liquid water, and computer simulation techniques. This is followed by chapters explaining the structural properties and principal applications of various phases of water (water as a normal liquid, supercooled water, ice and supercritical water). Key features of this reference include:

- easy to understand, sequential and structured text making this reference ideal for readers with limited scientific knowledge of water physics

- a list of institutions where water research is promoted in larger scales

- 130 figures which supplement the text

- an explanation of ten principal anomalies of water and associated theories

The book is an excellent resource for novice researchers (physicists, chemists and chemical engineers) working on water and laymen who are interested in furthering their understanding of this precious liquid.


On the surface of the Earth planet, water is everywhere: very visible in oceans, rivers, rain or clouds, less visible in rocks or even in the body of living organisms. Being almost the only easily accessible natural liquid, many processes depend on its properties. No life would be possible without the presence of water in its three states. Moreover, its properties play a major role in seasonal cycles and in weather stability. From the largest scales of ocean currents till the molecular scale of biological reactions the singularity of water is evident. As a consequence, water is at the core of research in a large variety of scientific disciplines, as it is nicely presented in the first chapter of this book.

One may ask why, more than any other substance, is water so important and subject of a huge literature, given the apparent simplicity of both the chemical composition and shape of the molecules. The answer cannot be simple because, indeed, complexity comes from different origins, such as the local tetrahedral arrangement or the intermolecular hydrogen bonds and their fast dynamics.

The great merit of the presentation of J. B. Mandumpal is the gradual introduction of the main concepts of the physics of water, with a pedagogical approach based on experimental results and on computer simulations. The text encompasses essentially all the properties of water from the better known till the still controversial models of supercooled water and glass transition.

Given the amount of data available and the enormous number of research papers (more than 400 publication every day!), the content of the book constitutes a remarkable review of the state-of-the-art in water physics, which will be source of information and inspiration for graduate students, scientists and engineers.

José Teixeira
Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (CEA/CNRS)
CEA Saclay 91191
Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex


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