A New Form of Water
Polywater, considered to be the polymerized form of water created a huge controversy during the 1960s. This new hypothetical form became so popular that it was in several newspapers and television shows causing it to become a hot topic in the scientific community.
Why it matters
- The polywater phenomenon is one of the best known examples of pathological science. Polywater was believed to have been a form of water that had a higher boiling point, lower freezing point and a viscosity similar to syrup.
- Even though the discovery of polywater was eventually determined to be a result of contamination; it proved to be a vital lesson for future scientists demonstrating the importance of the scientific method.
- You can learn more about the amazing story of polywater and the history of the scientific method at the following links:
Can You Apply It?
Using the information provided above, answer the following questions.
- The scientific method is a blueprint for investigating new phenomenon. What is each of the steps in the scientific process?
- Why is it important that your experiment is repeatable?
- How can someone ensure that their experiment is repeatable?