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Water 2013, 5, 638-639; doi:10.


ISSN 2073-4441 New Book Received *

The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid, and Vapor. By Gerald H. Pollack, Ebner & Sons Publishers, 2013; 357 Pages. Price US $29.95, ISBN 978-0-9626895-4-3
Shu-Kun Lin MDPI AG, Kandererstrasse 25, CH-4057 Basel, Switzerland; E-Mail: Received: 29 May 2013 / Accepted: 30 May 2013 / Published: 3 June 2013

The following paragraphs are reproduced from the website of the publisher [1]. 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. In conversational prose, Pollack lays a simple foundation for understanding how changes in waters structure underlie most energetic transitions of form and motion on earth. Table of Contents Acknowledgements Preface A Bestiary SECTION I: Water Riddles: Forging the Pathway 1. 2. 3. Surrounded by Mysteries The Social Behavior of H2O The Enigma of Interfacial Water 3 13 25 vi xiii xxii

SECTION II: The Hidden Life of Water 4. 5. 6. 7. A Fourth Phase of Water? Batteries Made from Water Charging the Water Battery Water: The Engine of Nature 45 71 85 103

SECTION III: What Moves Water Moves the World 8. 9. A Universal Attractor Browns Dance: Energy-Driven Movements 125 141

Water 2013, 5 10. Heat and Temperature: Throwing New Light on Thermal Darkness 11. Osmosis and Diffusion: They Dont Just Happen SECTION IV: Aqueous Forms in Nature 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. The Power of Protonated Water Droplets and Bubbles: Siblings in the Water Family Birth of a Bubble: A Passage to Maturity Clouds from Coffee: The Remarkable Nature of Evaporation Water Trampolines: Layering at the Waters Surface Warming up to Ice

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SECTION V: Summing Up: Unlocking Earthly Mysteries 18. The Secret Rules of Nature References Photo Credits Glossary Index 329 342 349 350 353

* Editors Note: The brief summary and the contents of the books are reported as provided by the author or the publishers. Authors and publishers are encouraged to send review copies of their recent books of potential interest to readers of Water to the Publisher [Dr. Shu-Kun Lin, Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI), Kandererstrasse 25, CH-4057 Basel, Switzerland. Tel. +41-61-683-77-34; Fax: +41-61-302-89-18, E-Mail:]. Some books will be offered to the scholarly community for the purpose of preparing full-length reviews. Note 1. The website for this book is: 2013 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license (