Wonders of water : the hydrogen bond in action / Ivar Olovsson
- Olovsson, Ivar, 1928-
- Singapore ; Hackensack, NJ : World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., 
- Physical Description:
- x, 145 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
- Preface -- There are many different types of snow -- Early snow crystal observations -- Artificial snow crystals -- Snow and ice crystals in nature -- Snow for pleasure and art -- The ice surface and formation of ice spikes -- Structure and physical and chemical properties of water and ice -- Physical properties of water and ice : significance in nature -- Electron microscopic studies of snow crystals -- Ice in lakes and glaciers -- Gas hydrates -- Polyhedra formed by water, carbon and hydrocarbons -- The classical elements of nature -- Mysteries of water -- The Mpemba effect : can warm water freeze faster than cold water? -- Mpemba effects in our daily life -- Hydrogen bonding -- Transformations of our earth by water and ice -- The rainbow -- The water molecule is unique.
- "The book presents the fantastic world of water in all its different forms, from liquid to ice and snow. This book is amply illustrated with a large number of beautiful pictures. Water plays a unique role in chemistry. The special properties of water are due to hydrogen bonding between the H2O molecules. The hydrogen bond is of fundamental importance in biological systems since all living matter has evolved from and exists in an aqueous environment, and hydrogen bonds are involved in most biological processes. There is a hundred times more water molecules in our bodies than the sum of all the other molecules put together. The unique properties of water are of great importance in our daily life. The origin of these special properties is often not recognized. Even among chemists and physicists, the fundamental facts are not always known. In spite of very active research, there are still many questions to be answered about the structure of liquid water, for instance. The book differs from most books on water as it covers basic facts about structure and properties as well as the influence of these properties in our daily life. Why does ice float on water? Why is the maximum density of water at 4°C? The beauty of snow crystals is amply illustrated, and many of the pictures are unique."--Page 4 of cover.
- 9789813229112 hardcover ; alkaline paper
981322911X hardcover ; alkaline paper
9789813235168 paperback ; alkaline paper
9813235160 paperback ; alkaline paper
- Includes indexes.
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