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The Tide

The Science and Stories Behind the Greatest Force on Earth
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"Superb. . . . A gently studious Bill Bryson crossed with an upbeat and relaxed WG Sebald."—James McConnachie, Sunday Times (UK)

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 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, to Galileo and Newton, to classic literary portrayals of the tide from Shakespeare to Dickens, Melville to Jules Verne. Throughout, Aldersey-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 acqua alta.


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Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Kindle Book

  • Release date: September 20, 2016

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  • ISBN: 9780393243109
  • File size: 2298 KB
  • Release date: September 20, 2016

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  • ISBN: 9780393243109
  • File size: 6332 KB
  • Release date: September 20, 2016


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English

"Superb. . . . A gently studious Bill Bryson crossed with an upbeat and relaxed WG Sebald."—James McConnachie, Sunday Times (UK)

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 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, to Galileo and Newton, to classic literary portrayals of the tide from Shakespeare to Dickens, Melville to Jules Verne. Throughout, Aldersey-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 acqua alta.


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