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The Fourth Phase of Water

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  204 ratings  ·  28 reviews
World renowned scientist, Dr. Gerald Pollack, takes us on a fantastic voyage through water, showing us a hidden universe teeming with physical activity— providing simple explanations for common everyday phenomena, which you have inevitably seen but not really understood.
For instance, have you ever wondered…
How do clouds made up of dense water droplets manage to float in th
Paperback, First, 358 pages
Published 2013 by Ebner and Sons Publishers
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Greg Nigh
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Scientific discovery in the modern age seems to require more and more resources to find less and less. To illustrate this, consider the lowly Higgs boson.

The existence of the Higgs boson stands precariously at the end of an unfathomably complicated and expensive set up, which culminated in an astoundingly long inferential chain. To find it, first was needed about 10,000 collaborating scientists and a $9 billion collider. Then, once the particles to be annihilated were put into motion, a network
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My 5-star rating here is based more on the content than the quality of read. This is basically a textbook. But that's a good thing when you're trying to convey some unique and newly discovered properties for water.

I will weigh in on the title's sensational claim to having discovered a new state of water beyond the solid/liquid/vapor states.

I believe that they have only identified some unique properties to the structure and motion of liquid water.

That said, what they have discovered is monumental
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This is a wonderful book. On the surface, it seems that such a commonplace thing as water might not be very interesting. But the chemical/electrical properties of ordinary water molecules turn out to be tremendously rich and surprising. Pollack presents this subject with unbridled enthusiasm and passion for discovery. The explanations of the process of ice formation, and of the "water battery", are worth the price of admission by themselves. You will never look at water the same way again. But m ...more
Apr 23, 2020 marked it as to-read
I am only a couple chapters in but already Gerald Pollack is my new technical writing mentor. I have never felt compelled to write a review for a book I had barely started, but I am just so excited. His writing is so clear, so succinct, so precise, and yet somehow also human and entertaining??? Gerald has proved to me that such a feat was possible. I am excited to learn from his writing style and implement it in my own technical papers.
Mark Moon
In retrospect, a lot of the experimental findings here probably hold up pretty well, but the theoretical reasoning is mostly pretty bad. See here for a critical view that I'm sympathetic to: ...more
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This took me forever to finish. I had to look so much stuff up to understand what the author was talking about! Fascinating and well written. Couldn't put it down. ...more
Richard Thompson
Jun 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: general-science
I enjoy reading science books that are out of the mainstream but clearly not outright quackery. This was one of those. In the same category are Julian Barbour's book, The End of Time, in which he posits that many of the conundrums of physics can be resolved if we assume that there is no such thing as time and that the universe is a multiverse of time-like instances, and Karl Coryat's book, The Simplest Case Scenario, in which he posits that the universe consists only of information. Pollack has ...more
Bart Stuck
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gerald Pollack has done an outstanding job of carrying out a scientific research program into the foundations of science (water? what do we NOT know about water? Pollack shows we know VERY LITTLE if you simply following conventional literature). Furthermore, his book is very readable: the experiments are described in sufficient detail (and are very down to earth!) that I went and tried several of them to confirm what he wrote about. He raises a very good point: doing research on water is fraught ...more
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Well-written and engaging, the narrative of laboratory work and the author’s hypothesis about structured EZ water makes the early part of the book easy to follow and interesting.

Unfortunately, the non-expert (for whom this book is written) won’t be able to judge the value of his claims based on his purported laboratory results where they sound reasonable. By the end of part 1, I hope even that reader notices that the claims become physically implausible- such as the rate of chemical reactions b
Elizabeth Sumoza
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Jasmine Hasanbegovic
Shelves: nonfiction
As someone who doesn't understand science in a lot of ways, this book was still an interesting read. Granted, I did need to research a lot of things in order to understand what was happening, but there were some aspects of this book that were interesting to think about and answered questions that I didn't even know I had. I like that Pollack took the time to make sure that we all truly understand something as foundational and important to our lives as water. While I wouldn't recommend this book ...more
Steve Withers
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Who knew that there was so much unknown about the ubiquitous water around us? Read this with an open mind and extend what he is writing about to the environment around you. Never look at things the same way again. I'm curious to extend this to an explanation of how homeopathy works.
Brian Waidyaratne
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An interesting journey into one of the least understood and often controversial properties of water. Emperors of the scientific community be warned, Dr. Pollack is not afraid to declare your nakedness.
Eric Armstrong
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fascinating. Water is just fascinating.
His discovery of "EZ" (exclusion-zone) water right next to a (hydrophilic) substance that loves water is critical to an understanding of life, and life energy!
Daniel Farabaugh
Jan 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book suffered from two problems. The first is that the science was much more technical than I had an interest in. The other problem was that I was listening to the book and it kept referencing diagrams that appeared in the book. This made the book very hard to follow.
Ben Figueiredo
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating and worldview shifting look into the mechanics and nature of water beyond what we think we know and opens up exciting possibilities for the future of life on earth.
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a science book for non scientists. It looks at firmly held beliefs and goes right on to challenge them. I will never look at water the same.
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
An education...with far-reaching implications and applications.

Time to rewrite the textbooks, this changes almost everything!
Ed Hansen
Dec 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Surprising insights into the behavior of water from a physics/chemistry perspective.
Ramsey Rumig
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kinda dry and tough to get through but unreal revelations about how water works!
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Truly one of the most important, mind-changing books I've ever read. 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. Fortunately for me and other readers with liberal arts educations, the author is a careful explainer and a good writer, and the book contains some helpful drawings, photographs, and even little cartoons (all of which d ...more
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
The author does well to explain many hitherto unexplained properties and experiences with water. However, his accounts surprised me in barely mentioning the importance of hydrogen bonding, a characteristic feature that inter alia prevents water volatilizing below room temperature (compare its molecular weight with other solvents). I found the chapter on freezing especially interesting, although I suspect over-simplified. If proton influx to the exclusion zone is key to ice formation, why does ac ...more
David Kazakoff
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A book bursting with new ways to see the world! And isn't that what science is really about? Dr. Pollack even addresses this as he delves into the wonderful world of water which turns out to have a rich history and surprisingly, water is not at all well understood. I feel Dr. Pollack has a better understanding that most and is eager to share it with all of us. His style is easy to read and he is able to share his understanding with a flair for keeping things simple which certainly helped me a lo ...more
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, shamanism
This is a phenomenal book that reveals just how little we understand the most common of liquids. Then again; the theory offered by dr. Pollack seems like a good step forward. 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. And when you'll ponder the biological and medical implications, your head might just as well explode! :) ...more
Sara Wurtzel
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the way science books should be written. In perfectly lucid style, the author navigates his way through the mystifying behavior of water. His discoveries are presented with humility and a keen sense of humor. The book instills a sense of wonder that might be our generation's closest experience to the splitting of the Red Sea. ...more
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
on a path to broaden my previous understanding of anthroposophy in childhood education and agriculture--this time it is about water
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Who knew how little we know about water? Science will be revolutionized!
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Professor Gerald Pollack is Founding Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal, WATER and is recognized as an international leader in science and engineering.

The University of Washington Faculty chose Pollack, in 2008, to receive their highest annual distinction: the Faculty Lecturer Award. He was the 2012 recipient of the coveted Prigogine Medal for thermodynamics of dissipative systems. He has

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