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This book will be of interest to those with affinities for natural history, seafaring, and tides in general - and even tidal scientists will learn a few things about their science.
Ebb and Flow is a book that has been in the making for more than 20 years ... It's been worth the wait.
Ultimately, Koppel's book opens up a new world to those of us who have never really thought about the impact of tides on our lives. It also shows that 300 pages on the subject is no stretch at all.
Koppel successfully walks the line between presenting complex material in a readable way without 'dumbing down' the content. Each chapter opens with an anecdote drawn mostly from Koppel's many experiences on the sea. The stories segue into the chapters, giving life to the science, reiterating the role tides play in everyday existence and putting the reader right into the scene.
Despite the formidable complexity of the science of tides, Koppel packages his explanations approachably. You do not need to be a rocket science to understand him, yet everyone-even scientists-will find this book absorbing ... a fascinating mix of science, history and memoir, which is completely entertaining.