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Understanding Water


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Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Introduction 9
1. Water in Different Realms 11
2. Water Phenomena 25
3. The Drop Picture Method 45
4. Research Results Using the Drop Picture Method 63
5. Basic Research: Drop Phenomena 80
Conclusion 93
Appendix: The Institute of Flow Sciences, Herrischried 95
Glossary 101
Photograph acknowledgments 103
References 103
Bibliography 104
Index 107

About the Author

Andreas Wilkens is a scientist at the Institute for Flow Sciences in Germany. Wolfram Schwenk was the son of Theodor Schwenk, and was a scientist at the Institute for Flow Sciences in Germany. He died in 2014. Michael Jacobi is a scientist at the Institute for Flow Sciences in Germany.


'Many of the photographs are beautiful...any book which brings a greater public awareness of the questions surrounding water and our relationship with it is to be welcomed.'
--Robert Schuck, Light magazine, Winter 2006

'This book makes a wonderful present! It presents in a clear way the nature of water and revealed out of the work of Theodor Schwenk. It is simply and richly laid out with colour, black and white photos and drawings of water phenomena. For me, the piece de resistance of the book are the wonderfully photographed images of time sequences stages of water dropping into still water.'
-- Richard Swann, Star and Furrow, Winter 2005

'A clear description of the drop picture method ... the book is beautifully illustrated throughout with fine photographs of water and studies of drop formations. It serves as a very valuable introduction to water's properties. For anyone who wants to understand water's life and formative power and something of its mysterious nature, the book is an excellent beginning.'
-- Margaret Jonas, New View, December 2005

'This book puts water and its patterns in perspective, concluding that we must understand the true nature of water as part of an effort to comprehend the cyclical workings of nature. In an age dominated by linear thinking and manipulation of nature, the significance of this lesson cannot be overstressed. This beautifully illustrated book will engage the reader both scientifically and aesthetically.'
-- Scientific & Medical Network Review, December 2005

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