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Tide : the science and lore of the greatest force on earth

Author: Hugh Aldersey-Williams
Publisher: London, UK : Viking, 2016.
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Half of the world's population today lives in coastal regions lapped by tidal waters. On our little island, we live surrounded by water and love to be beside the seaside. But it rises and falls according to rules that to almost all of us are a mystery.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hugh Aldersey-Williams
ISBN: 9780241003367 0241003369 9780241003374 0241003377
OCLC Number: 951212534
Description: xxxvi, 425 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Author's note --
Introduction --
To view the lazy tide (Thirteen hours ; First ebbing ; The mud awakes ; A capricious power) --
Beyond the micromareal (Philosopher's end ; Mediterranean tides ; Scylla and Charybdis ; An experimental emperor ; Alexander and Pytheas ; A wider dominion) --
Shore of ignorance (An experimental king ; A tidal vocabulary ; Brihtnoth's last stand ; The battle before ; Bede's sense of time ; Knowable mystery) --
No path through water (Another place ; Coast lines ; Cockle sands ; Cruel and unusual punishment ; Medieval monks ; The Queen's Guide) Terra infirma (Galileo's trouble ; Acqua alta ; Flood on flood ; The Venice barrier) --
Thames mud (Dickens's river ; Newton's quaestiones ; The cosmic leash ; The hunt for lunar data ; Mudlarking) --
Tides of commerce (Ports of convenience ; The pilgrims' delayed departure ; The price of tea I ; Sur le reflux de la mer ; The French Newton ; Voyages of discovery ; The price of tea II ; Picturing the tide) --
A place of resonance (A bit of a bore ; The highest tide in the world ; Art and engineering ; A Victorian omniscientist) --
In great waters (The moral tide ; Love and loss ; The great wave ; Secret landings) Nature's free ride (Knots landing ; The grunion run ; The rhythm method ; Tide-sense ; Pooling our knowledge) --
In the maelstrom (A place in fiction ; Prince Breackan's cauldron ; North ; Bridge over troubled water ; The navel of the ocean ; Myth and mathematics) --
Signal and noise (Seeking sea level ; On stranger tides ; Isolated variable ; Small change ; The sea level commitment) --
Diluvion (On Shingle Street ; Sheer lunacy ; The return of the sea ; A final ebbing)
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Half of the world's population today lives in coastal regions lapped by tidal waters. In this title, the author explores the most feared and celebrated tides around the world, from the original  Read more...

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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. -- Read more...

 
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