The Tide

The Tide

The Science and Stories Behind the Greatest Force on Earth

Book - 2016
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In The Tide, celebrated science writer Hugh Aldersey-Williams weaves together centuries of scientific thinking with the literature and folklore the tide has inspired to explain the power and workings of this most remarkable force. Here is the epic story of the long search to understand the tide: from Aristotle, who is said to have drowned himself in his efforts to figure out the Greek tides, to the pioneering investigations into the role of the moon by Galileo and Newton, to the quest to understand and even control the tide in our own time. Throughout, Aldersey-Williams whisks the reader along on his travels in search of the most remarkable tidal phenomena. He visits the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, where the tides are the strongest in the world; arctic Norway, home of the raging tidal whirlpool known as the maelstrom; and Venice, to investigate efforts to defend the city against flooding caused by the famed Acqua Alta.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, c2016
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780393241631
Characteristics: 368 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Feb 11, 2017

More personal experience than science, but very readable for all that. At least I now know the facts about the infamous maelstrom, not least that it is real.

Oct 28, 2016

An interesting topic and generally a good book. I enjoyed the history lessons especially Issac Newton to Pierre-Simon Laplace (who I'd never heard of) but then the math/science got to technical for me. The personal accounts of the authors journeys were hit and miss. I didn't finish the opening chapter of his 12 hour stint sitting on the beach watching one complete cycle of the tide. But other site he visited were very interesting including a 12 km short cut across a bay when the tide is out and the largest tides in the world in Nova Scotia. There was a chapter on the tide in literature through history and an another on wildlife that depend on the tide that I mostly skipped. But in all, I'm glad I got the book.


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