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Life's matrix : a biography of water

Author: Philip Ball
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Life's Matrix tells of water's origins, its history, and its fascinating pervasiveness: there are, for example, at least fourteen different forms of ice. An exploration of water on other planets highlights the possibilities of life beyond Earth. Life's Matrix reveals the unexpected in the most ordinary places - a drop of dew, a frozen pond, a cup of coffee - and the familiar in unexpected settings. There is water  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Ball
ISBN: 0374186286 9780374186289 0520230086 9780520230088
OCLC Number: 42921366
Notes: Originally published: H₂O. London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1999.
Description: xvi, 417 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Cosmic Juice --
The First Flood --
Blood of the Earth --
Storehouses of the Hail --
Oceans in the Sky --
Two Hands, Two Feet --
Open to the Elements --
Between Heaven and Earth --
Cold Truths --
Life's Matrix --
The Real Elixir --
Inner Space --
Strange Brew --
Pride, Prejudice, and Pathology --
A Drop of Something Stronger --
Epilogue: Blue Gold.
Other Titles: H₂O
Responsibility: Philip Ball.

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"Life's Matrix tells of water's origins, its history, and its fascinating pervasiveness: there are, for example, at least fourteen different forms of ice. An exploration of water on other planets highlights the possibilities of life beyond Earth. Life's Matrix reveals the unexpected in the most ordinary places - a drop of dew, a frozen pond, a cup of coffee - and the familiar in unexpected settings. There is water on the sun and the moon, at the heart of molecular biology, at the core of a cell, and there may be enough of it beneath the surface of the Earth to refill the oceans thirty times over. Life's Matrix also surveys the grim realities of our natural resources, and shows how water will become a scarce commodity in the twenty-first century."--Jacket.

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