Viktor Schauberger

A Life of Learning from Nature

Jane Cobbald

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A biographical approach to Schauberger, uncovering his remarkable ideas and inventions through his life and experiences.

216 x 138 mm
Floris Books
Philosophy of the Natural World
19 b/w illustrations and diagrams
176 pages
Publication date:
26 Oct 2006


A concise introduction to Schauberger's life and thinking.

Viktor Schauberger's knowledge of natural energies led to inventions which, if properly harnessed, could solve the world's energy crisis. Unfortunately most people still find his ideas difficult to understand or accept.

Jane Cobbald first became interested in Schauberger’s theories when she realised that using a copper trowel in her garden greatly increased her potato harvest.

In this book, she does not aim to provide a definitive explanation of his ideas. Instead, she takes a biographical approach and teases out the different strands of his thinking, presenting them in his own words. She shows how his approach developed over the course of his eventful life (which included both World Wars) and takes the reader on a journey through his discoveries, interspersed with lively anecdotes which illustrate how his mind worked.

She asks the questions Schauberger asked. What energy do trouts use to stay almost motionless in fast-flowing mountain streams, or to climb waterfalls? How does a tall tree draw the water from its roots all the way to the top?

Viktor Schauberger’s insights into natural energies are here explained in a clear, unassuming and entertaining way. His remarkable inventions, the author argues, could be the much-needed solutions to our energy, transport and health issues.

Includes an exclusive interview with Ingeborg Schauberger, Viktor's daughter-in-law.


'Readers unfamiliar with Schauberger will find this an excellent place to start. The author brings in biographical insights and explains the context in which his work arose. The text is also interspersed with some stimulating quotations and hand drawings. She brings out the influence of Goethe in a way that clarifies the parallels with contemporary Goethean science…As one who is convinced that our attitude to nature must undergo a complete revolution, I regard the work of Schauberger as essential reading.'
--The Scientific and Medical Network Review Winter 2006-2007

'The life and thinkings of the visionary natural scientist explained in fascinating detail.'
--BBC Gardens Illustrated, Jan 2007

'Illuminating and accessible'
--Resurgence, April 2007


Jane Cobbald was born in East Anglia in 1955 and grew up in Yorkshire. She studied Economics and taught English before becoming interested in the work of Viktor Schauberger. She now runs Implementations, the UK distributor of copper tools manufactured by PKS, the Schauberger Institute in Austria. She lectures widely on Schauberger and his work. She lives in Warwickshire, England.


A new edition of this book is available
Viktor Schauberger: 2nd edition

Also available on Viktor Schauberger:
Hidden Nature: The Startling Insights of Viktor Schauberger by Alick Bartholomew

Other books on water published by Floris include:
Flowforms by John Wilkes
Water Crystals: Making the Quality of Water Visible by Andreas Schulz
Understanding Water: Developments from the Work of Theodor Schwenk

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