Ice - is it a display of divine power, a challenge to heroes or a chilly reflection of our own ego? Does yet another glaciation threaten the Earth, or will current glaciers disappear, along with todays civilization? Throughout history people have watched this cold companion warily, trying to fit it into their view of the world. This book relates the fascinating appearance and characteristics of ice to its intellectual and spiritual aspects. While the printed excerpts show human experiences of ice during the past 2000 years, the unusual photographs give a visual impression of the varied and colorful forms that ice can take.