From the general principles of chemistry we now turn to an investigation of a single substance, water. Water is perhaps one of the most extraordinary of substances, with properties unlike those of most others, all stemming from its remarkably simple molecular structure. To express those properties - properties that among other things are essential to the development and sustenance of life as we know it - is itself a major challenge. This book reviews the advances in the understanding of water that have taken place over the past three decades, and it has been used by the author in a number of personal comments as an opportunity to put right the record of priorities. To do more than simply open its pages you will need to be well grounded in statistical thermodynamics, but it is very useful to have such an extended review all in one place.
Who is it for? Theoreticians interested in the structure and properties of water, with a strong background in statistical thermodynamics.
Presentation: Four chapters and 12 appendices; a few coloured illustrations; highly mathematical.
Would you recommend it? Yes.
Molecular Theory of Water and Aqueous Solutions: Part I - Understanding Water
Author: Arieh Ben-Naim
Publisher: World Scientific