The Wave Watcher's Companion: Ocean Waves, Stadium Waves, and All the Rest of Life's Undulations

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A lively, revealing look at waves of all kinds from the bestselling author of The Cloudspotter's Guide

Get ready for a global journey like no other-a passionate enthusiast's exploration of waves that begins with a quiet afternoon at the shore and ends with the world-class Hawaiian surf, making side trips 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 Wave Watcher's Companion: Ocean Waves, Stadium Waves, and All the Rest of Life's Undulations

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Overview

A lively, revealing look at waves of all kinds from the bestselling author of The Cloudspotter's Guide

Get ready for a global journey like no other-a passionate enthusiast's exploration of waves that begins with a quiet afternoon at the shore and ends with the world-class Hawaiian surf, making side trips 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399536700
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 512,900
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Wave Watching for Beginners 9

The First Wave: which passes through us all 43

The Second Wave: which fills our world with music 71

The Third Wave: on which our information age depends 105

The Fourth Wave: which goes with the flow 139

The Fifth Wave: when waves turn nasty 165

The Sixth Wave: which passes between us 197

The Seventh Wave: which ebbs and flows 223

The Eighth Wave: which brings color to our world 259

The Ninth Wave: which comes crashing ashore 287

Notes 320

Acknowledgments 327

Index 329

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  • Posted September 27, 2012

    Wonderful read!

    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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    Posted May 1, 2012

    Deathstar

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    Posted April 29, 2012

    Riotkit

    Ok daddy

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    Posted July 25, 2012

    XD

    QUICKFOOT ok... locked out of everywhere i go.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    Blazestorm

    Pads up to deathstar. Thank u for healing my mate

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