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Tide: The Science and Lore of the Greatest Force on Earth Hardcover – 2 Jun 2016
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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)
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From Cnut to D-Day: the history and science of the unceasing tide explored for the first time.
Half of the world's population lives in coastal regions lapped by tidal waters. Yet how little most of us know about the tide.
Our ability to predict and understand the tide depends on centuries of science, from the observations of Aristotle and the theories of Newton to today's supercomputer calculations. This story is punctuated here by notable tidal episodes in history, from Caesar's thwarted invasion of Britain to the catastrophic flooding of Venice, and interwoven with a rich folklore that continues to inspire art and literature today.
With Aldersey-Williams as our guide to the most feared and celebrated tidal features on the planet, from the original maelstrøm in Scandinavia to the world's highest tides in Nova Scotia to the crumbling coast of East Anglia, the importance of the tide, and the way it has shaped - and will continue to shape - our civilization, becomes startlingly clear.See all Product description
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on 18 October 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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As a sailor, I have always been fascinated by the ebbing & flowing of the tide. This book adds a depth of detail to my basic knowledge, and is a very good read.
A beautifully written and gripping book. Fascinating facts presented in a way as enthralling as an exciting novel. Thoroughly recommended