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Reflecting a rich technical and interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, Water and
Life : The Unique Properties of H 2 0 focuses on the properties of water and
its interaction with life. The book develops a variety of approaches that help
to illuminate ways in which to address deeper questions with respect to the
nature of the universe and our place within it.
Grouped in five broad parts, this collection examines the arguments of
Lawrence J. Henderson and other scholars on the "fitness" of water for life as
part of the physical and chemical properties of nature considered as a
foundational environment within which life has emerged and evolved. Leading
authorities delve into a range of themes and questions that span key areas of
ongoing debate and uncertainty. They draw from the fields of chemistry,
biology, biochemistry, planetary and earth sciences, physics, astronomy, and
their subspecialties. Several chapters also deal with humanistic disciplines,
such as the history of science and theology, to provide additional perspectives.
Bringing together highly esteemed researchers from multidisciplinary fields,
this volume addresses fundamental questions relating to the possible role of
water in the origin of life in the cosmos. It supports readers in their own
explorations of the origin and meaning of life and the role of water in