Life's Matrix : A Biography of Water


Life's Matrix : A Biography of Water

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 417 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780520230088
  • DDC分類 553.7


"In a tour de force of scientific exposition, Philip Ball ranges from the cosmos to the inside of cells...

Full Description

One of the four elements of classical antiquity, water is central to the environment of our planet. In "Life's Matrix", Philip Ball writes of water's origins, history, and unique physical character. As a geological agent, water shapes mountains, canyons, and coastlines, and when unleashed in hurricanes and floods its destructive power is awesome. Ball's provocative exploration of water on other planets highlights the possibilities of life beyond Earth. "Life's Matrix" also examines the grim realities of depletion of natural resources and its effects on the availability of water in the twenty-first century.

Table of Contents

        List Of Illustrations                      vii
Preface ix
Part One Cosmic Juice
The First Flood 3 (19)
Blood Of The Earth 22 (37)
Storehouses Of The Hail 59 (23)
Oceans In The Sky 82 (33)
Part Two Two Hands, Two Feet
Open To The Elements 115(36)
Between Heaven And Earth 151(32)
Cold Truths 183(38)
Part Three Life's Matrix
The Real Elixir 221(28)
Inner Space 249(22)
Part Four Strange Brew
Pride, Prejudice, And Pathology 271(22)
A Drop Of Something Stronger 293(44)
Epilogue: Blue Gold 337(36)
Notes 373(18)
Bibliography 391(14)
Index 405