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The Wavewatcher's Companion Kindle Edition

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'Page after page is patient, open, rational and clear.... an eye opening experience' (Daily Mail)

'Pretor-Pinney is clever, passionate, indomitable in his determination to share his knowledge.' (Daily Telegraph)

'He is an entertaining and informal teacher... a unique book' (Daily Mail)

'Dotted with photos and diagrams, The Wavewatcher's Companion is a perfectly paced combination of whimsical, digressive wonder and in-depth knowledge that renders a potentially esoteric subject engaging to all' (Financial Times)

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A humorous, original guide to the waves that surround us and through
which we experience the world, by the bestselling author of The Cloudspotter's Guide.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8113 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1 edition (7 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003QXMLX2
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,339 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Unlike the Cloudspotter's Guide, this book is less an almanac and more an instructional manual on all things "Wave". The cover of course has the waves breaking on a shore but the book encompasses everything that you could want to know about sound, light, radio and other electromagnetic waves, waves in the atmosphere, waves on rivers and of course waves at sea.

It would appear that the author started writing this book with the intention of gaining an all expenses paid surfing trip to Hawaii as "research" for a book on waves at sea. Well he got his wish but in the process turned his mind to how waves occur, where they occur and where they connect with humanity, from the devastation of the Indian Ocean Tsunami to the beauty of Claude Monet's paintings.

It is actually quite difficult to describe this book because it covers so many subjects dividing them up into easily digestible chunks, which makes it an ideal "dipping" book. It is written with verve and humour, and as the bibliography and acknowledgements attest, there was probably more proper research put into this book than the author originally intended.

It has certainly paid off.
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Format: Hardcover
I was interested in the book because my grandsons (8 and 12) had said that they wanted to teach me to bodysurf in Cornwall this summer.I felt that it was important to know a little more about waves and wave formation.The book was also an excellent read to pass the time while travelling the 350 miles down there.I ended up in buying a second copy for my grandsons too.I am certain that they will find it an excellent resource for their Physics revision later in their school work.It is an super book and should be on every secondary school library shelf.It covers so many aspects of waves that I challenge anyone not to find something of interest in this book.Yes I caught some waves and it was a super experience.
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I spent the most interesting part of my working life designing and maintaining electronic equipment from Radar to Radio's, Audio and TV etc. Everyone who has worked in these areas has to be aware of wave theory and resonance. We sit exams and are told we are qualified, yet wave theory is still a mystery. We know particular views of it so when this book came along I was intensely interested. Waves to me are an ongoing conversation. We see them in the sea in the clouds and in sand dunes. In rainbows and through diffraction gratings. This illustrated book gives a new perspective to an on going saga. if you are interested in wave phenomenon you will love this book, it has new (to me at least) information about atmospheric waves and goes on to describe many different forms of wave energy.
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Format: Paperback
...but I have to score it average, although would give in an extra half star if that was possible. This is one of those books full of little factules that provide an interesting read that you can dip in and out of at leisure. Perhaps my problem is that due to my work and leisure interests a lot of the content was already known to me and so there were only a few surprises. Rather than a treatise on waves in the sea or even periodic waves in general, anything that has the word wave in it is considered. Thus we have tide waves, shock waves and mexican waves as well as traffic waves. It was good enough to hold my interest in at least half the book and for its price therefore I would not quibble.
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Another excellent book by the founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society. This time it is all about waves and makes the subject interesting and easy to understand (unlike many physics texts!) Gavin has a wonderful writing style and a quirky sense of humour. I can thoroughly recommend this book, and his others of course.
The Cloudspotter's Guide
The Cloud Collector's Handbook
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I think this book title is a little bit misleading as you automatically think it will be about ocean waves, in the same way the `The Cloudspotter's Guide' was all about clouds. However, it is about all the different types of wave that you can think of - x-ray, seismic etc. It was interesting and enjoyable but it did drag in places and I found myself becoming bored in places as information was repeated. Plenty of interesting images and diagrams to further explain what was happening and perfect for reading in small chunks with other books on the go.
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I'm not sure I enjoyed this quite as much as the author's previous success, The Cloudspotter's Guide. Don't let that put you off, though: I REALLY enjoyed that one. This is another interesting jaunt through a wider field of interest, and on more than one occasion it left me reappraising how I thought the world worked.
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If you are intrigued by physics, try this. You`ll learn a lot. Do ghosts exist? What about UFO`s? How exactly does a microwave work? It`s written in bite size paragraphs. So easy to read a little at a time, without losing the thread. You can skip the bits that bore you.
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