Half of the world's population lives in coastal regions lapped by tidal waters. Yet how little most of us know about the tide.
With Aldersey-Williams as our guide to the most feared and celebrated tidal features on the planet, from the original maelstr m in Scandinavia to the world's highest tides in Nova Scotia to the crumbling coast of East Anglia, the importance of the tide, and the way it has shaped - and will continue to shape - our civilization, becomes startlingly clear.
Praise for Hugh Aldersey-Williams, author of the bestselling Periodic Tales
'A superb book. A delight to read. A strikingly British blend of history, science, literature, eccentric travel and wayward storytelling. Imagine Bill Bryson crossed with WG Sebald' Sunday Times Tides shape civilizations and directly affect the lives of over half the world's population - but how many of us really understand them and the power they hold over us? In Tide , Hugh Aldersey-Williams explores the science and history of the greatest force on Earth. Whether it's the tide's devastating role in D-Day and Caesar's failed invasion of Britain, the speculations of Aristotle and Newton, witnessing firsthand the fearsome waters around Nova Scotia, or revealing how tides overrun both literature and art, Aldersey-Williams shows how this extraordinary and perilous force continues to make us who and what we are. 'Eye-opening. Using science, history, literature and salty old seafarers' stories Aldersey-Williams explains the many ways in which tides have an impact on the human story' Mail on Sunday 'Enlightening' Observer 'Charming. Aldersey-Williams serves us shoals of dizzying facts and history' Spectator [thumbnails of backlist]
Hugh Aldersey-Williams studied natural sciences at Cambridge. He is the author of several books exploring science, design and architecture - including Periodic Tales, Anatomies and The Adventures of Sir Thomas Browne in the 21st Century - and has curated exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Wellcome Collection. He lives in Norfolk with his wife and son.
Aldersey-Williams's corrective meshes a history of the science with tide-related technologies and tidally sculpted events. It's an eloquent ebb and flow Nature Exposes new facts and ideas every other page -- Horatio Clare Observer Engaging and thoughtful... Like some of the most compelling biographers, Aldersey-Williams partly inhabits his subject Literary Review on The Adventures of Sir Thomas Browne in the 21st Century Aldersey-Williams is full of good stories and he knows how to tell them well -- Graham Farmelo on 'Periodic Tales' Sunday Telegraph Immensely engaging and continually makes one sit up in surprise -- Richard Cohen on 'Periodic Tales' Sunday Times Science writing at its best ... fascinating and beautiful -- Matt Ridley on 'Periodic Tales' Prepare for a voyage with the best of companions - Hugh Aldersey-Williams is a storyteller supreme, and he's found a subject worthy of his talents -- Edward Dolnick, author of The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World This fascinating book deftly explores the dramatic history, critical importance, and scientific wonder of the tides. Hugh Aldersey-Williams is a marvelous guide who takes the reader on a sweeping and thought-provoking adventure into the heart of one of the most captivating, mysterious, and elemental forces of nature -- Eric Jay Dolin, author of Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse Imagine, if possible, a gently studious Bill Bryson crossed with an upbeat and relaxed WG Sebald. It is a superb book... a delight to read. It is profound and powerful, and should win prizes. -- James McConnachie Sunday Times A spring tide of colour and historical anecdote laps over the more austere mudflats of the actual science. So much so that I find myself looking forward to the next piece of technical exposition -- Tom Whipple The Times
A spring tide of colour and historical anecdote laps over the more austere mudflats of the actual science. So much so that I find myself looking forward to the next piece of technical exposition
Prepare for a voyage with the best of companions - Hugh Aldersey-Williams is a storyteller supreme, and he's found a subject worthy of his talents
From Cnut to D-Day- the history and science of the ever-powerful tide explored for the first time.
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