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Single Idea 17483

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / F. Chemistry / 1. Chemistry]

Full Idea

Macroscopic bodies of water are complex and dynamic congeries of different molecular species, in which there is a constant dissociation of individual molecules, re-association of ions, and formation, growth and disassociation of oligomers.


'Oligomers' are chains of molecules

Gist of Idea

Water continuously changes, with new groupings of molecules


Robin F. Hendry (Chemistry [2008], 'Micro')

Book Reference

'Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science', ed/tr. Psillos,S/Curd,M [Routledge 2010], p.523

A Reaction

The point is that these activities are needed to explain the behaviour of water (such as its conductivity).