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S and tides As someone interested in the tides I had to read this book but it should be of much wider interest as it delves into both the science and folklore whilst trying to avoid technical jargon On one evel it traces the history of our understanding of to avoid technical jargon On one evel it traces the history of our understanding of tides from the times of "Aristotle Newton And Galileo To "Newton and Galileo to modern day Along the way some myths from the past are explored from a scientific standpoint such as mysterious whirlpools and tidal waves that ou Overall a very intriguing book that is probably best categorised in the readable and accessible science category et down by not the warmest or welcoming of authors clearly not a fan of tourist or other such non scientific folks getting in the way of his work That said some of the insights were fascinating and often times of high drama #as well as high tides the dangers of #well as high tides the dangers of Bay are brought vividly to ife for example Satisfying read although it does not want you to explore the subject any further I have never understood the usual explanations and diagrams of how the tides work and it turns out that that is because the usual diagrams and explanations are much too simplified to account for the complexities that control how much tide there is at different places Yes the gravitational forces of the sun and moon are the basic culprits but so is the position of the earth in its orbit and so are the geological and geographical features of the area that the tides affect and so are the winds and weather The book does a fine job in clarifying what it can and in explaining why other issues remain complex and not as well understood A fine historical overview of how science has tried to understand tides from antiuity onward with good stories of particular places that have peculiar tidesA nice Fascinating read The tides of the world remain as elusive to control and understand but in this book you get a glimpse of its power and mystery. Williams whisks the reader along on his travels He visits the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia where the tides are the strongest in the world; arctic Norway home of the raging tidal whirlpool known as the maelstrom; and Venice to investigate efforts to defend the city against flooding caused by the famed acua al. Tide by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

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Science writing is a gift I suspect Mary Roach has made it pretty difficult for everybody else but Hugh Aldersey Williams gave me plenty to think about here Unless you re cut off from the route home by tides most of us think of them seldom There have been times once or twice while The Professional Victims Handbook living in the British Isles come to mind when paying attention to posted tide charts could be a matter ofife or death to a non swimmer ike me This book explores the still poorly understood phenomenon of tidesYou might think the moon causes tides right End of story But really it s just the beginning The tides are enhanced by the moon but they re caused by many factors the spinning of the earth and the gravity of the sun for example also factor into the euation In fact they are uite complicated Aldersey Williams had his work cut out for him explaining such a complex topic to a general reading public As the subtitle reveals however tides are the greatest natural force on this planet and we barely understand themParts of the book are technical That s difficult to avoid given the topic There are many interesting sections and parts are uite witty The bits exploring global warming are scary There are plenty of surprises here I won t reveal #them here since they would no onger be surprises but I will say that uite a #here since they would no In the Blink of an Eye longer be surprises but I will say that uite a of unexpected informationurks here A whole book about tides When you finish I suspect you l be thinking that there are many uestions yet to answer You d be correct And that s one of the charms of this fascinating book If this had been engagingly written I could have forgiven it for not being informative about
science and vice versa But he had to say about history mythology or his own experiences didn t capture me at east not the way he said it And I was disappointed and a bit annoyed that 90 pages in there was no sight of an organized or substantial element of Talking About How Those Dan. Half of the world’s population today Whence the Black Irish of Jamaica? lives in coastal regionsapped by tidal waters But the tide rises and falls according to rules that are a mystery to almost all of us In The Tide celebrated science writer Hugh Aldersey Williams weaves together centuries of scientific thinking with the iterature and .
G Tides Do Work Especially given the subtitle The first chapter actually involves a ot of him saying I wonder why this is I a Twice Retired lot of him saying I wonder why this is I why that happens andeaving it at that which is not what I read nature writing for Lots of interesting snippets make for a comprehensive volume on the history and science of the tide Very readable Aldersey Williams specializes in the history #of science He turns to the ocean for his atest book no textbook he explains but a book of stories #science He turns to the ocean for his atest book no textbook he explains but a book of stories journeys The Tide is incredibly wide ranging its points of reference stretch from the biblical Exodus story to Thames tides in Charles Dickens s novels The momentum only sags a bit in a chapter on economics Through it all though Aldersey Williams is a keen In the Days of the Comet Seventeen Short Stories (Works of H.G. Wells 10) learned tour guide By deeply probing the facts and metaphors of the tide he succeeds in inspiring wonder Meditative and scholarlySee my full review at Hakai magazine Aldersey Williams wanders thru the science history anditerary paths of the tide It is a potpourri of antedotes observations and travel monologues about the ocean and the force of its wavesWhy I started this book I m almost out of space on my iPhone so I knew that it was time to knuckle down and Period Power listen to one of my many audio books This one caught my eye since I m a Navyibrarian I need to readlearn about the sea and the oceanWhy I finished it Interesting really reminded me of Simon Winchester who s books also wander all over the place thematically geographically and also tangentially Another interesting popular science book a micro history really about the tides The Author Covers Science History Myth And Legend Informative And Accessible covers science history myth and Biblical Standard for Evangelists legend Informative and accessible narrator Derek Perkins companionably narrates this unexpectedly fascinating story and makes it even engaging andively The book ends with a warning about global warming and the danger to Until Again lowying areas around the world that will be affected by higher ocean Jesus Calling level. Olklore the tide has inspired to explain the power and workings of this most remarkable forceHere is the epic story of theong search to understand the tide from Aristotle to Galileo and Newton to classic iterary portrayals of the tide from Shakespeare to Dickens Melville to Jules Verne Throughout Aldersey. ,

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