When I was in college studying structural engineering, one of my professors told the class: "The trouble with you students is, you don't know what you don't know". This book is a perfect illustration that, I "didn't know what I didn't know" much about water waves. This subject is very interesting.
I got into this subject because I was designing an ocean marine dock. This book serves as an excellent resource for learning the essential topics, theory and technical jargon of this interesting field. Be forewarned that you will need a good understanding of differential equations to understand this subject.
Written by two experts in this field, Professors Dean and Dalrymple cover the fundamental physics and mathematics of water wave mechanics. The mathematical derivation of formulas is impressive. The authors have gone through extra effort to explain things clearly. The focus is on classical solutions, with little in the way of numerical solutions.
An especially nice feature are the historical tributes to great mathematicians, scientists and engineers of the past who made significant contributions in this field.