Density Determinations and EZ-Water

After writing the previous post and mulling over the mystery of gravity, I suddenly realised that the way science measures an object’s density is actually rather problematical if water has two liquid phases as shown by Gerald Pollack’s work.

The usual procedure is to take the sample of matter whose density is to be calculated and weighing it initially in air, then repeating the measurement with the sample dunked in a beaker of water.  The procedure is well documented and well known and certainly not mysterious.

Until one starts thinking about surface tension effects and the existence of EZ or liquid crystal water. It might be a minor effect or it might not be and I’m not sure if you could totally avoid not having to deal with EZ-water in experiments. Whatever, if anything EZ-water would tend to increase boyancy so that calculated densities would be lower than they really are.

Important? Maybe, but well worth investigating further.

About Louis Hissink

Retired diamond exploration geologist. I spent my professional life looking for mineral deposits, found some, and also located a number of kimberlites in NSW and Western Australia. Exploration geology is the closest one can get to practicing the scientific method, mineral exploration always being concerned with finding anomalous geophysical or geochemical data, framing a model and explanation for the anomaly and then testing it with drilling or excavation. All scientific theories are ultimately false since they invariably involved explaining something with incomplete extant knowledge. Since no one is omniscient or knows everything, so too scientific theories which are solely limited to existing knowledge. Because the future always yields new data, scientific theories must change to be compatible with the new data. Thus a true scientist is never in love with any particular theory, always knowing that when the facts change, so too must he/she change their minds.
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