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Half of the world’s population today lives in coastal regions lapped by tidal waters But the tide rises and falls according to rules that are a mystery to almost all of us In The Tide celebrated science writer Hugh Aldersey Williams weaves together centuries of scientific thinking with the literature and f Science writing is a gift I suspect Mary Roach has made it pretty difficult for everybody else but Hugh Aldersey Williams gave me plenty to think about here Unless you're cut off from the route home by tides most of us think of them seldom There have been times once or twice while living in the British Isles come to mind when paying attention to posted tide charts could be a matter of life or death to a non swimmer like me This book explores the still poorly understood phenomenon of tidesYou might think the moon causes tides right? End of story But really it's just the beginning The tides are enhanced by the moon but they're caused by many factors—the spinning of the earth and the gravity of the sun for example also factor into the euation In fact they are uite complicated Aldersey Williams had his work cut out for him explaining such a complex topic to a general reading public As the subtitle reveals however tides are the greatest natural force on this planet and we barely understand themParts of the book are technical That's difficult to avoid given the topic There are many interesting sections and parts are uite witty The bits exploring global warming are scary There are plenty of surprises here I won't reveal them here since they would no longer be surprises but I will say that uite a bit of unexpected information lurks here A whole book about tides? When you finish I suspect you'll be thinking that there are many uestions yet to answer You'd be correct And that's one of the charms of this fascinating book

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Williams whisks the reader along on his travels 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 acua al Another interesting popular science book a micro history really about the tides The author covers science history myth and legend Informative and accessible The narrator Derek Perkins companionably narrates this unexpectedly fascinating story and makes it even engaging and lively The book ends with a warning about global warming and the danger to low lying areas around the world that will be affected by higher ocean levels and tides

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Olklore the tide has inspired to explain the power and workings of this most remarkable forceHere is the epic story of the long search to understand the tide from Aristotle to Galileo and Newton to classic literary portrayals of the tide from Shakespeare to Dickens Melville to Jules Verne Throughout Aldersey Aldersey Williams wanders thru the science history and literary paths of the tide It is a potpourri of antedotes observations and travel monologues about the ocean and the force of its wavesWhy I started this book I'm almost out of space on my iPhone so I knew that it was time to knuckle down and listen to one of my many audio books This one caught my eye since I'm a Navy librarian I need to readlearn about the sea and the oceanWhy I finished it Interesting really reminded me of Simon Winchester who's books also wander all over the place thematically geographically and also tangentially Alan Swain's Four-Way Keyboard System - Book III inspired to explain the power and workings of this most remarkable forceHere Behind Soviet Lines: Hitler’s Brandenburgers capture the Maikop Oilfields 1942 is the epic story of the long search to understand the tide from Aristotle to Galileo and Newton to classic literary portrayals of the tide from Shakespeare to Dickens Melville to Jules Verne Throughout Aldersey Aldersey Williams wanders thru the science history and literary paths of the tide It Volti nell'acqua is a potpourri of antedotes observations and travel monologues about the ocean and the force of Jugaad Innovation its wavesWhy I started this book I'm almost out of space on my Un amore scandaloso iPhone so I knew that Children of Nazis: The Sons and Daughters of Himmler, Göring, Höss, Mengele, and Others— Living with a Father's Monstrous Legacy it was time to knuckle down and listen to one of my many audio books This one caught my eye since I'm a Navy librarian I need to readlearn about the sea and the oceanWhy I finished Krautrocksampler it Interesting really reminded me of Simon Winchester who's books also wander all over the place thematically geographically and also tangentially


10 thoughts on “Tide by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

  1. says:

    Aldersey Williams specializes in the history of science He turns to the ocean for his latest book—no textbook he explains but “a book of stories and journeys” The Tide is incredibly wide ranging; its points of reference stretch from the biblical Exodus story to Thames tides in Charles Dickens’s novels The momentum only sags a bit in a chapter on economics Through it all though Aldersey Williams is a keen learned tour guide By deeply probing the facts and metaphors of the tide he succeeds in inspiring wonder Meditative and scholarlySee my full review at Hakai magazine


  2. says:

    Science writing is a gift I suspect Mary Roach has made it pretty difficult for everybody else but Hugh Aldersey Williams gave me plenty to think about here Unless you're cut off from the route home by tides most of us think of them seldom There have been times once or twice while living in the British Isles come to mind when paying attention to posted tide charts could be a matter of life or death to a non swimmer like me This book explores the still poorly understood phenomenon of tidesYou might think the moon causes tides right? End of story But really it's just the beginning The tides are enhanced by the moon but they're caused by many factors—the spinning of the earth and the gravity of the sun for example also factor into the euation In fact they are uite complicated Aldersey Williams had his work cut out for him explaining such a complex topic to a general reading public As the subtitle reveals however tides are the greatest natural force on this planet and we barely understand themParts of the book are technical That's difficult to avoid given the topic There are many interesting sections and parts are uite witty The bits exploring global warming are scary There are plenty of surprises here I won't reveal them here since they would no longer be surprises but I will say that uite a bit of unexpected information lurks here A whole book about tides? When you finish I suspect you'll be thinking that there are many uestions yet to answer You'd be correct And that's one of the charms of this fascinating book


  3. says:

    Overall a very intriguing book that is probably best categorised in the readable and accessible science category let down by not the warmest or welcoming of authors clearly not a fan of tourist or other such non scientific folks getting in the way of his work That said some of the insights were fascinating and often times of high drama as well as high tides the dangers of Morecambe Bay are brought vividly to life for example Satisfying read although it does not want you to explore the subject any further


  4. says:

    Aldersey Williams wanders thru the science history and literary paths of the tide It is a potpourri of antedotes observations and travel monologues about the ocean and the force of its wavesWhy I started this book I'm almost out of space on my iPhone so I knew that it was time to knuckle down and listen to one of my many audio books This one caught my eye since I'm a Navy librarian I need to readlearn about the sea and the oceanWhy I finished it Interesting really reminded me of Simon Winchester who's books also wander all over the place thematically geographically and also tangentially


  5. says:

    If this had been engagingly written I could have forgiven it for not being informative about tidal science and vice versa But what he had to say about history mythology or his own experiences didn't capture me at least not the way he said it And I was disappointed and a bit annoyed that 90 pages in there was no sight of an organized or substantial element of Talking About How Those Dang Tides Do Work Especially given the subtitle The first chapter actually involves a lot of him saying I wonder why this is I wonder why that happens and leaving it at that which is not what I read nature writing for


  6. says:

    I have never understood the usual explanations and diagrams of how the tides work and it turns out that that is because the usual diagrams and explanations are much too simplified to account for the complexities that control how much tide there is at different places Yes the gravitational forces of the sun and moon are the basic culprits but so is the position of the earth in its orbit and so are the geological and geographical features of the area that the tides affect and so are the winds and weather The book does a fine job in clarifying what it can and in explaining why other issues remain complex and not as well understood A fine historical overview of how science has tried to understand tides from antiuity onward with good stories of particular places that have peculiar tidesA nicely written book that combines personal history with history of science The photographs are generally not very useful and sometimes downright mysterious about what they are supposed to conveyI will remember the importance of tides to the author's own personal history as a native of Norfolk and as interested especially in the tidal phenomena around the British Isles I will remember the stories of people trapped by the tide and the way tides have become emblematic of unstoppable natural forces


  7. says:

    Another interesting popular science book a micro history really about the tides The author covers science history myth and legend Informative and accessible The narrator Derek Perkins companionably narrates this unexpectedly fascinating story and makes it even engaging and lively The book ends with a warning about global warming and the danger to low lying areas around the world that will be affected by higher ocean levels and tides


  8. says:

    Lots of interesting snippets make for a comprehensive volume on the history and science of the tide Very readable


  9. says:

    Fascinating read The tides of the world remain as elusive to control and understand but in this book you get a glimpse of its power and mystery


  10. says:

    As someone interested in the tides I had to read this book but it should be of much wider interest as it delves into both the science and folklore whilst trying to avoid technical jargon On one level it traces the history of our understanding of the tides from the times of Aristotle Newton and Galileo to the modern day Along the way some myths from the past are explored from a scientific standpoint such as mysterious whirlpools and tidal waves that our ancestors couldn’t explain and theories about King Canute’s efforts to hold back the waves There is also a historical account of the development of the science of tidal observations and predictions including tide gauges and tide tablesWhilst these aspects were interesting it was the personal accounts that I enjoyed most such as of a family sailing trip that nearly went wrong and a low tide walk across Morecambe Bay with the ueen’s Guide to the Sands Other highlights included watching a tidal bore in Nova Scotia and a murmuration of waterbirds in Norfolk and the sights sounds and wildlife that appeared while watching the whole thirteen hours or so of a tidal cycle Overall it’s a fascinating book on one of the less well known wonders of nature and brings to life the science in an imaginative way


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