Today is the worldwide release of Water Is…
In this fascinating meditation on water, internationally published limnologist Nina Munteanu draws inspiration from some of the world’s greatest thinkers, artists and scientists, and a lifetime dedicated to water, into a spectacular gift for hydrophilics.
With a foreword by Emmi Itäranta, author of the award-winning Memory of Water, and input from scientists and futurists such as Bernd Kröplin, Elmar Fuchs, Elisabet Sahtouris, Gerald Pollack, Theodor Schwenk, Rustum Roy, Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Philip Ball, Emilio Del Guidice and others, Water Is… part history, part science and part philosophy, combining an intensely personal journey with scientific discovery to explore water’s many “identities.”
Munteanu journeys from history to the latest in theory and bizarre knowledge; from water’s ubiquity in space to the hardy tardigrades; and from Emoto’s intention-invoked water crystals, the northern Ojibwa water spirits and the Kumbh Mela on the Ganges to the quantum properties of interfacial water. Water Is… the culmination of over twenty-five years of Munteanu’s dedication to the study of water and her increasing realization of the great disparity between humanity’s use, appreciation and understanding of this sacred resource.
Praise for “Water Is…”
“An absolutely fascinating read. With “Water Is…” Munteanu digs deeply into our world to show us the depths of our greatest treasure. Her book gleams with chapter gems, reminding us how water affects us in every way. It’s almost as if reading this book becomes an incantation that magically links us to our past, present and future all at once. Because we are water, as Munteanu says, and without embracing that we’ll never understand the precious legacy of this earth. As both a scientist and a popular writer, Munteanu is determined to make us understand and embrace our intricate and intertwined natures, and she does this with an entertaining and fascinating read. The world needs more books like this.”—Craig Bowlsby, author of Empire of Ice
“‘Water Is…’ provides amazing insights into our most valuable element. As you read it your own relationship with water begins to transform… The depths and beauty of “Water Is..” are reminiscent of a waterfall, layers and layers of information unfolding and presented in a captivating way. Thank you Nina for introducing me to the majestic power of water. Your book is a wonderful resource for anyone that has a thirst to know more about water. A refreshing read!”—Susan Ksiezopolski, author of The Writer’s Workbook: Free the Writer Within
“If you don’t want to read all those other books on water, just read this one.”—John Stewart, Mississauga News
“What an astounding journey! The author uniquely combines the merits of a scientist with those of a writer with an artistic spirit. It is a joy to be taken by the insightful and elegantly written chapters to so many and so different scientists, philosophers, writers, artists and pioneers of wisdom such as Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, or Paul Feyerabend, who declared war on the dogma of the scientific method.”—Michael Jacobi, physicist, Institute of Flow Sciences Herrischried, Germany
“Kudus to Nina Munteanu for sharing her deep wisdom, experience and knowledge of humanity’s greatest natural resource! As Leonardo da Vinci said, “We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.” We forget at our own peril and so I am deeply grateful for this book by so highly qualified an author!”—Elisabet Sahtouris, evolution biologist, futurist, author of Gaia’s Dance: The story of Earth & Us
“This book leaves me impressed. From science to science fiction, from philosophy to religion, from history to fairytale, the role of water is illustrated and illuminated. Water is probably the best investigated and least understood substance on this world, yet we still don’t know how to describe it in a better way than calling it H2O. This book tries to zero in on the missing part, the great unknown of water, and it does it in a very intelligent and charming way.”—Elmar C. Fuchs, scientist, WETSUS Program Manager, Netherlands
“Congratulations, Nina! Water Is… is an adventurous, surprising and inspiring book that could not feel more timely. The writing swept me away on a journey through history, landscape and our entire universe, yet brought me back home in the end with a fresh perspective on the significance of water.”—Emmi Itäranta, author of Memory of Water
“A sumptuous collection of treasures…from the basics of matter itself to the social and spiritual aspects of this substance, which touches our lives so much and is still not really understood.”—Dr. B. Kröplin and Regine C. Henschel, “World in a Drop”, Germany
“[Nina] is immersed well enough in water to tell us about how we should think about it. And the way she goes about it in this book is awfully good…A fine achievement.”—Joseph Planta, The Commentary, Vancouver, Canada
“This book emotionally connected me with water. As a result it fed my perception about the value of life. It reminded me that life, reveals in each space, a complex system that is full of surprise and beauty. A system of which I am part, without separation.”—Laura Fres, One Deep Sustainability, Barcelona
“Wow, just wow. I have no idea where to begin to describe all that I have read and learned from this 583 page book on water. I believe this book should be a must read for all the younger generations. I thank the author for sharing her knowledge and her personal journey.”—Goodreads Review (Ivana Ciglar, Croatia)
ISBN: 978-0-9811012-4-8 (print); 978-0-9811-12-5-5 (digital)
Trade paperback with photos
584 pp; Index + References
5% of book proceeds will go to several water charities, chosen by patrons of the June 12th Toronto launch
Nina Munteanu is an ecologist, limnologist and internationally published author of award-nominated speculative novels, short stories and non-fiction. She is co-editor of Europa SF and currently teaches writing courses at George Brown College and the University of Toronto. Visit www.ninamunteanu.ca for the latest on her books.