Why are hydrogen bonds so important for life? Or more generally asked: Why is water so important for life / biological systems? Or maybe again in other words: Why does especially water provide this special property? And not a single other substitute(?) ? I can read what the hydrogen bonds cause to happen but I would rather like to know: Why is that in detail or what makes so water so much different from any other (similar?) liquid?
I know this touches heavily biology (or also physics) but I think I will find the reason in an chemical explanation?