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Tide: The Science and Lore of the Greatest Force on Earth Hardcover – 2 Jun 2016

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (2 Jun. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241003369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241003367
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 4 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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The first in-depth, all-encompassing picture of the key force on our planet: the tide. From the original maelstrøm in Scandinavia to the world's highest tides in Nova Scotia, Hugh Aldersey-Williams brilliantly exposes the importance of the tide, and the way it has shaped - and will continue to shape - our civilization (Publisher's description)

Imagine, if possible, a gently studious Bill Bryson crossed with an upbeat and relaxed WG Sebald. It is a superb book... a delight to read. It is profound and powerful, and should win prizes. (James McConnachie Sunday Times)

A spring tide of colour and historical anecdote laps over the more austere mudflats of the actual science. So much so that I find myself looking forward to the next piece of technical exposition as, like the gentle ebb of a neap tide, his cultural history of tides also slowly reveals and explains each successive advance in our understanding of them (Tom Whipple The Times)

A wonderfully enjoyable exploration of the mysterious rhythms of the sea. I loved the combination of literary, historical, scientific, and experiential accounts of the tides, each ebbing and then flowing to allow the others to wash up on the pages of this remarkable book. (Mark Miodownik, author of 'Stuff Matters')

This fascinating book deftly explores the dramatic history, critical importance, and scientific wonder of the tides. Hugh Aldersey-Williams is a marvelous guide who takes the reader on a sweeping and thought-provoking adventure into the heart of one of the most captivating, mysterious, and elemental forces of nature (Eric Jay Dolin, author of Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse)

Prepare for a voyage with the best of companions - Hugh Aldersey-Williams is a storyteller supreme, and he's found a subject worthy of his talents (Edward Dolnick, author of The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World)

Science writing at its best ... fascinating and beautiful (Matt Ridley on 'Periodic Tales')

Immensely engaging and continually makes one sit up in surprise (Richard Cohen on 'Periodic Tales' Sunday Times)

Aldersey-Williams is full of good stories and he knows how to tell them well (Graham Farmelo on 'Periodic Tales' Sunday Telegraph)

Engaging and thoughtful... Like some of the most compelling biographers, Aldersey-Williams partly inhabits his subject (Literary Review on The Adventures of Sir Thomas Browne in the 21st Century)

Exposes new facts and ideas every other page (Horatio Clare Observer)

Aldersey-Williams's corrective meshes a history of the science with tide-related technologies and tidally sculpted events. It's an eloquent ebb and flow (Nature)

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'A superb book. A delight to read. A strikingly British blend of history, science, literature, eccentric travel and wayward storytelling. Imagine Bill Bryson crossed with WG Sebald' Sunday Times

Tides shape civilizations and directly affect the lives of over half the world's population - but how many of us really understand them and the power they hold over us? In Tide, Hugh Aldersey-Williams explores the science and history of the greatest force on Earth. Whether it's the tide's devastating role in D-Day and Caesar's failed invasion of Britain, the speculations of Aristotle and Newton, witnessing firsthand the fearsome waters around Nova Scotia, or revealing how tides overrun both literature and art, Aldersey-Williams shows how this extraordinary and perilous force continues to make us who and what we are.

'Eye-opening. Using science, history, literature and salty old seafarers' stories Aldersey-Williams explains the many ways in which tides have an impact on the human story' Mail on Sunday

'Enlightening' Observer

'Charming. Aldersey-Williams serves us shoals of dizzying facts and history' Spectator

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By G. Wylie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Oct. 2016
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I found this an engrossing read from start to finish, hence the five stars. It could have been an outstanding book if the quality of the black and white illustrations and been improved and the text supplemented, here and there, with helpful diagrams. Nevertheless, living on the shores of a Scottish sea loch, I thoroughly enjoyed the read which fascinated, and informed, throughout.
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An excellent analysis, explanation and illustration of this fundamental force. A good mix of UK and worldwide examples, with ample historical material.
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A very interesting read , written in an entertaining way, well researched and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I could almost smell the ozone
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This book was a gift for my husband and he really enjoyed it. He has almost finished it now but says that it's the sort of book you can return to time and time again.
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I really enjoyed this account of the interactions between religion, tradition and science.
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The book Tide was bought as a gift for a friend. They were thrilled with it and commented on how beautifully written it was.
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This book is fascinating gives a great in depth view of how ties work and why they can vary so much
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A beautifully written and gripping book. Fascinating facts presented in a way as enthralling as an exciting novel. Thoroughly recommended
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