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Understanding Water

Developments from the Work of Theodor Schwenk

Michael Jacobi , Wolfram Schwenk and Andreas Wilkens

112 pp.  
8" x 9 1/4"
Illustrations: 200+ b/w and Color section

Floris Books

  • Drop PicturesWater is mobile
    Water is sensitive
    Water is open

    Water is always found in circulation

    Life on earth is irrevocably linked to water,
    to fluid water

    If one does not understand fluid water
    One cannot understand life

People throughout the ages have experienced—consciously or otherwise—the life-giving and healing forces of water. It is integral to life, surrounding us in nature as well as within our own bodies. Not all water, however, is the same. Water can carry beneficial energies or harmful energies. How can we understand water enough to know the difference?

Theodor Schwenk, the renowned author of Sensitive Chaos, founded the Institute for Flow Sciences in the Black Forest of Germany. Schwenk developed the "drop picture" method, which photographically displays the characteristics of water for anyone to see and understand. Today, the institute continues his work and presents momentous discoveries about the quality of our drinking water, groundwater, spring water, and river water.

The authors of this stunningly illustrated book are scientists at the Institute for Flow Sciences. They offer a unique view into the world of water, helping us better understand one of the most essential elements of our earthly life.

  • “Many of the photographs are beautiful...any book which brings a greater public awareness of the questions surrounding water and our relationship with it is to be welcomed.” —Robert Schuck, Light magazine, winter 2006

    “This book makes a wonderful present! It presents in a clear way the nature of water and revealed out of the work of Theodor Schwenk. It is simply and richly laid out with color, black-and-white photos, and drawings of water phenomena. For me, the pièce de résistance of the book are the wonderfully photographed images of time sequences stages of water dropping into still water.” —Richard Swann, Star and Furrow, winter 2005

    “A clear description of the drop picture method ... the book is beautifully illustrated throughout with fine photographs of water and studies of drop formations. It serves as a very valuable introduction to water's properties. For anyone who wants to understand water's life and formative power and something of its mysterious nature, the book is an excellent beginning.” —Margaret Jonas, New View, December 2005

    “This book puts water and its patterns in perspective, concluding that we must understand the true nature of water as part of an effort to comprehend the cyclical workings of nature. In an age dominated by linear thinking and manipulation of nature, the significance of this lesson cannot be overstressed. This beautifully illustrated book will engage the reader both scientifically and aesthetically.” —Scientific & Medical Network Review, December 2005

Related Titles

  • Water : The Element of Life
  • The Holy Order of Water : Healing the Earth's Waters and Ourselves
  • Flowforms : The Rhythmic Power of Water
  • Sensitive Chaos : The Creation of Flowing Forms in Water and Air

    Related Titles by Subject:

    Biodynamics: Water & Air ; Science & Nature: Goethean Studies and Science & Nature: Water