Truly one of the most important, mind-changing books I've ever read. We found that light charges this battery. My 5-star rating here is based more on the content than the quality of read. And, there is a lot of it, everywhere. Pollack's book is laden with experimental results, for sure, and I've imagined what his equipment request might have looked like were it all funded by a grant: 1 bowl of miso soup preferably hot 1 cup of water, room temperature is best A package of dye An infrared camera A section of Nafion tubing about 6 inches should be sufficient And so on. The reader easily gets a sense of Pollack's fascination in discovering what he has discovered, and it's fun to go out on limbs with him as he speculates beyond the available data to what might also be revealed with more experimentation. Then, once the particles to be annihilated were put into motion, a network Scientific discovery in the modern age seems to require more and more resources to find less and less.
Pollack presents this subject with unbridled enthusiasm and passion for discovery. This seminal work, peppered with whimsical illustrations and simple diagrams invites us to open our eyes and re-experience our natural world, to take nothing for granted, and to reawaken our childhood dream of having things make sense. He writes so it feels like he is talking to the reader making it easy to continue reading. That said, what they have discovered is monumental My 5-star rating here is based more on the content than the quality of read. The illustrations throughout the book, done by Gerald's son Ethan Pollack, are a perfect balance between cartoonish whimsy and, well, technically accuracy. So far, confirmation that what was already theorized to be true seems to be true.
Why do you sink in dry sand, but not in wet sand? In 2008, he was the faculty member selected by the University of Washington faculty to receive their highest annual distinction: the Faculty Lecturer Award. Big money and big egos are not the friends of novel ideas in science. This is a phenomenal book that reveals just how little we understand the most common of liquids. It implicitly gives you the idea that you don't need to become highly specialized in order to be a scientist. He has received an honorary doctorate from Ural State University in Ekaterinburg, Russia, and was more recently named an Honorary Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Foreign Member of the Srpska Academy. Why does your tongue stick to something frozen? Does water have a fourth phase, beyond solid, liquid and vapor? Pollack's interests have ranged broadly, from biological motion and cell biology to the interaction of biological surfaces with aqueous solutions. I highly recommend it to anyone who happens to be awed by seeing the everyday in an entirely new way.
Pollack has the uncanny ability to pinpoint the right questions and grasp the simple ideas. Whether it be a just a glass of water or an ocean, I guarantee that after reading this book there is no way you'll look at it the same way again. To illustrate this, consider the lowly Higgs boson. I must now come to terms with the demonstration that water is not just a medium in which physics and chemistry happen, but a machine that powers and manages physics and chemistry. Pollack has a better understanding that most and is eager to share it with all of us. Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington, Dr.
Pollack is a Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and a Fellow of both the American Heart Association and the Biomedical Engineering Society. His 1990 book, Muscles and Molecules: Uncovering the Principles of Biological Motion, won an Excellence Award from the Society for Technical Communication; his subsequent book, Cells, Gels and the Engines of Life, won that Society's Distinguished Award. In conversational prose, Pollack exposes where some scientists may have gone wrong, and instead lays a simple foundation for understanding how changes of water structure underlie most energetic transitions of form and motion on Earth. But that's a good thing when you're trying to convey some unique and newly discovered properties for water. Why does your tongue stick to something frozen? Why do bubbles in your fizzy drinks get bigger the longer you wait? View full list of awards. Pollack's interests have ranged broadly, from biological motion and cell biology to the interaction of biological surfaces with aqueous solutions.
Not recommended for readers with small screens. Of particular significance is the observation that this fourth phase is charged; and, the water just beyond is oppositely charged, creating a battery that can produce electrical current. Pollack seems like a good step forward. On the surface, it seems that such a commonplace thing as water might not be very interesting. This is by no means woo-woo or speculative. This energy-conversion framework seems rich with implication. For years, he had researched muscles and how they contract.
He was the 2012 recipient of the coveted Prigogine Medal for thermodynamics of dissipative systems. Pollack received his PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. If nothing else the ideas about how nature has managed to extract energy from water is mind boggling. I believe that they have only identified some unique properties to the structure and motion of liquid water. The implications are enormous, not only for chemistry and physics, but certainly for biology and medicine, and even for green energy production.
The man is truly at the very top of the heap when it comes to studying water as you will discover if you Google the man or the book. Professor Pollack takes us on a fantastic voyage through water, showing us a hidden universe teeming with physical activity that provides answers so simple that any curious person can understand. The Fourth Phase Of Water book reviews The ebook has a lot of supportive. He was the 2012 recipient of the coveted Prigogine Medal for thermodynamics of dissipative systems. His discoveries are presented with humility and a keen sense of humor.
Pollack is a Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and a Fellow of both the American Heart Association and the Biomedical Engineering Society. It's at the very outer limit of what could be called science for the layperson because it contains a lot of chemical terms and concepts that won't be familiar to anyone without at least some chemistry background. I found the chapter on freezing especially interesting, although I suspect over-simplified. Much of the research corresponds beautifully with the osteopathic view of fluid flow and movement. Scientific discovery in the modern age seems to require more and more resources to find less and less. Golitsyn 1977 has developed a model of the convection of the upper mantle of the earth on the basis of similarity hypotheses which agree with observational data on the motion of lithospheric plates and with numerical computations.