Understanding Water

Developments from the Work of Theodor Schwenk

Andreas Wilkens, Wolfram Schwenk and Michael Jacobi

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Uses Theodor Schwenk's Drop Picture Method to display the qualities of different types of water.

240 x 208 mm
Floris Books
Philosophy of the Natural World
over 200 colour photographs
112 pages
Publication date:
24 Nov 2005
2nd edition


Throughout the ages, people have experienced the life-giving and healing forces in water. Water is integral to life, and surrounds us in nature and in our own bodies. But not all water is the same. Water can carry good energies, and bad energies. How can we understand water enough to know the difference?

Theodor Schwenk, the renowned author of Sensitive Chaos, founded an institute for water research in the Black Forest in Germany. He developed the Drop Picture Method, which displays the characteristics of water clearly for the non-specialist. Today, the Institute continues his work and here presents momentous findings about the quality of our drinking water, groundwater, spring water and river water.

Stunningly illustrated in colour, this book offers a unique insight into the world of water.


'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 colour, black and white photos and drawings of water phenomena. For me, the piece de resistance 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


Andreas Wilkens is a scientist at the Institute for Flow Sciences in Germany.

You can also visit the author's own website at http://www.stroemungsinstitut.de

Wolfram Schwenk was the son of Theodor Schwenk, and was a scientist at the Institute for Flow Sciences in Germany. He died in 2014.

Michael Jacobi is a scientist at the Institute for Flow Sciences in Germany.

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