The Wave Watcher's Companion: From Ocean Waves to Light Waves via Shock Waves, Stadium Waves, and All the Rest of Life's Undulations

The Wave Watcher's Companion: From Ocean Waves to Light Waves via Shock Waves, Stadium Waves, and All the Rest of Life's Undulations

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by Gavin Pretor-Pinney
     
 

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Get ready for a global journey like none other-a passionate enthusiast's exploration of waves that begins with a massive surfable cloud and ends with the majestic Pacific ocean, making side trips along the way to reveal the ups and downs of brain waves, radio waves, infrared waves, microwaves, shock waves, light waves, and much more.

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Get ready for a global journey like none other-a passionate enthusiast's exploration of waves that begins with a massive surfable cloud and ends with the majestic Pacific ocean, making side trips along the way to reveal the ups and downs of brain waves, radio waves, infrared waves, microwaves, shock waves, light waves, and much more.

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The author of The Cloudspotter's Guide tells the story of water waves with fascinating side trips to investigate unfamiliar waves like the contraction of heart muscles, Big Bang waves, and earthworms on the move.

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ISBN-13:
9780399534263
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/06/2010
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Gavin Pretor-Pinney is a renowned journalist and cofounder of The Idler magazine in England. A former science nerd and a graduate of Oxford University, he has been obsessed with clouds since childhood. His writing has appeared in The Telegraph, Evening Standard and elsewhere. Based in London and Somerset, Gavin is the founder and chair of The Cloud Appreciation Society. Visit their website at www.cloudappreciationsociety.org.

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The Wave Watcher's Companion: Ocean Waves, Stadium Waves, and All the Rest of Life's Undulations 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Nisapizza More than 1 year ago
Summary: This book really isn’t a story with a beginning, middle, and end. It’s a scientific read that explains the way waves are created. Basically, the waves rolling into shallow waters are slowed down, which then pushes the water into a shorter wavelength that then forces the water up; the wave will then continue to gather with others and go over the previous wave. Gavin Pretor-Pinney describes in a much more fluent and poetic way than shown here, but he still gives the scientific details needed to understand almost every category of wave, easily. Major Message/ Theme: There really isn’t a storyline, so the theme or message would just be the description of wavelengths. Likes/ Dislikes: I, personally, enjoyed this book very much. Gavin P.’s writing style kept me interested and calm, even the thought the subject being covered was very heavy. I felt relaxed whenever he depicted the sea and its crashing waves. Now that I understand them, I feel like I’m able to look at the shoreline with another dimension. The knowledge I found in this book is very nice to have in the back of your mind, and I highly recommend reading it.
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Pads up to deathstar. Thank u for healing my mate
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Thanks ashcloud. *gulps down the vole*
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