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The Wave Watcher's Companion: From Ocean Waves to Light Waves Via Shock Waves, Stadium Waves, and All the Rest of Life's Undulations Hardcover – 6 Jul 2010


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Super book! 3 Dec. 2012
By Laurie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great read! The author's sense of humor is terrific; along with the vivid descriptions of all types of waves, little-known facts emerge about every-day occurrences, like why there is a delay on some phone calls, why waves spread out after going through a small opening, and on and on. It is simply a delightful read, and the humor comes out when least expected. As the back of the book jacket claims, "Charming...spills over with strange and interesting asides." Boston Globe. Kirkus Reviews states "Lively, literate, and great fun to read." I am buying copies for two friends who love the sea and reading!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great read 7 Dec. 2012
By canadada - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The kindness that Gavin exudes on this 'rocky' journey of discovery is heart-warming. Just when you think you can't ever 'get it' or have become lost in the intricacies of exposition, he throws in a quip or self-deprecating joke to keep you carrying on. The rewards for doing so are immense. Aside from re-generating awe at the PRECISION of the natural world, one is soon enveloped by the WONDER of it all. Gavin is to be commended for somewhat fearlessly taking on an 'known unknown' and transposing obvious complexities into an engaging and fascinating read for 'everyman'. Fusing an attentive ear for emerging and existing science with an open eye for beauty and aesthetics, 'The Wavewatcher's Companion' will delight.

As a sidebar and compliment to this wonderful thought-provoking book, consider too this YouTube vid. Here you can see and hear sound as a 'wave' ... [...] . Enjoy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great reading for anyone interested in physics. 2 Sept. 2013
By Anthony Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the second copy of the book that I have purchased. I loaned/gave my first copy to a friend. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and think that the author has a great sense of humor as well a a good understanding of waves. I wish that I would have read it as a high school text.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful book 19 Oct. 2013
By W. N. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this used almost on a whim. I've read books on ocean waves, oceanography, I kayak and study waves, this book covers a lot of familiar topics and details, adding things I'd never known, and describing aspects of waves in new and interesting ways. It's a joy to read.
18 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Wave this one goodbye! 17 May 2011
By NohoVoltron - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The concept was good but the product is defective. After giving an explanation of what wave motion is that is consistent with the phenomenon as understood by scientists and mathematicians, the author proceeds to disown it. Some topics are effectively covered, such as how a wave's size determines its interaction with its environment. However the author ignores his own rule that things that look like waves aren't necessarily so. Water humping over an obstacle in its path is not a standing wave, a breaking ocean wave is not a shock wave. When the author tries to be a physics teacher and explain the blue coloring in the wings of the morpho butterfly he gets a D- at best. The book is written to entertain but more obviously to line the author's pocket. The dust jacket of the copy I wasted my money on refers to a website, [...]. This site does not exist but is good evidence that the author had hoped to start an industry with his wave book much as he has done with his book about clouds.
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