Sensitive Chaos: The Creation of Flowing Forms in Water and Air

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Rudolf Steiner Press, 1965 - Science - 231 pages
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Why does water, in streams and rivers, always take a winding course? Do common principles and rhythms underlie the movement of water, whether it be in the sea or in a plant -- or in the blood of a human being?The laws revealed in the subtle patterns of water in movement are shown in this thought-provoking work to be the same as those perceptible in the shaping of bones, muscles, and myriads of other forms in nature. Lavishly illustrated, Sensitive Chaos shows the unifying forces that underlie all living things, and observes such phenomena as the flight of birds; the formation of internal organs such as the heart, eye, and ear, air patterns in musical instruments; the formation of mountain ranges and river deltas; weather and space patterns; and even the formation of the human embryo.

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I love the pictures! Someday I will sit and read about WHY water and smoke make the most beautiful spiral patterns... Read full review

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This was a very provocative book -- about how water (and air) moves when flowing. And then showing how this is related all sorts of other things that we usually assume are not moving, like human bones ... Read full review


Preface by Commandant J Y Cousteau
Archetypal Movements of Water
Water Natures Sense Organ
Water Interacting with the Earth
Three Characteristic Features of Water
Streaming Wisdom
Water and Air
The Creative Word of the Universe
AfterwordForms of Flow in Art
Index of Illustrations

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Theodor Schwenk (1910-1986) was a German fluid-mechanical engineer. He cofounded the Institute for Flow Sciences in southern Germany in 1960, developing there an image-generating method of resting water--the Drop Picture method--in order to show the more subtle water qualities as a flow picture. His classic text on water phenomena, Sensitive Chaos, has been in constant demand since it was first published inn English in 1965.

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