Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean

Tides The Science and Spirit of the Ocean In Tides The Science and Spirit of the Ocean writer sailor and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides In the Arctic White shimmies u

  • Title: Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean
  • Author: JonathanWhite Peter Matthiessen
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  • In Tides The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides In the Arctic, White shimmies under the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for mussels in the dark cavities left behind at low tide in China, he races the Silver Dragon, a twenty five foot tidal bore that cIn Tides The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides In the Arctic, White shimmies under the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for mussels in the dark cavities left behind at low tide in China, he races the Silver Dragon, a twenty five foot tidal bore that crashes eighty miles up the Qiantang River in France, he interviews the monks that live in the tide wrapped monastery of Mont Saint Michel in Chile and Scotland, he investigates the growth of tidal power generation and in Panama and Venice, he delves into how the threat of sea level rise is changing human culture the very old and very new Tides combines lyrical prose, colorful adventure travel, and provocative scientific inquiry into the elemental, mysterious paradox that keeps our planet s waters in constant motion Photographs, scientific figures, line drawings, and sixteen color photos dramatically illustrate this engaging, expert tour of the tides.

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    1. Covers much of the same historical and scientific material as Aldersey-Williams’ The Tide, but White’s more conversational style makes for livelier travel writing as he joins an Inuit guide in an ice cave beneath Ungava Bay in Canada’s Arctic, attends China’s Bore-Watching Festival on the Qiantang River, and interviews monks about the tides at northern France’s Mont Saint-Michel. The book also includes a thorough discussion of the possibility of using tidal power for renewable energy. [...]

    2. Jonathan White's book, TIDES, includes interesting facts about the way our earth functions AND about the way people have learned to adapt over time to earth's cycles.TIDES is a non-fiction book with such captivating prose that I wanted to keep reading until I hit the end.Here are a few of my favorite passages:"From a practical point of view, it didn't matter if the tide was caused by a waterwheel or a beast or a god; it only mattered that daily survival was easier if you observed the tide and wo [...]

    3. I received this book as a giveaway.Tides is not a quick, easy read. It's a very thoughtful analysis of the relationship between our oceans and the sun and moon, and between the oceans and humanity. As such, it is simultaneously history, astronomy, physics, biology, philosophy, tourism, and current events, combined in a thoroughly readable book.Author Jonathan White has successfully combined all of these elements into his work, relating many of his own personal experiences as introductions to th [...]

    4. 4.5 living by the sea my life is driven by the tides so this book was my perfect companion as I walked low tide. Really enjoyed learning worldwide facts as I googled away from my kindle, fascinated by bores and spent too much time watching YouTube videos. Was a wonderful book if you are fascinated with the sea.

    5. Life. If you are interested in the ebb and flow of how life exists on planet Earth this book is for you. Understanding the nature of the oceans, and how it affects our daily lives has been a human endeavor since the dawn of time. The author of Tides: The Science ad Spirit of the Ocean, Jonathan White, brings to the forefront the overwhelming human need to extrapolate the interplay between ocean and life.Read the entire review here: journalingonpaper/2017/01

    6. Who would've thought that tidal movements would be so interesting? Before I read this book, I had a rudimentary understanding of tides: low and high. And I believed that they occur in a fairly regular manner and are consistent across the world. It's true that tidal movements are largely deterministic, but, for example, in the US, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that produces tidal charts, uses a model that has 200 variables in it to predict tides. Thus, apart from the [...]

    7. I was intrigued by the subtitle - science and spirit. Sometimes, I can find science-related books to be a bit dull, so a dry, boring scientific explanation of tides would be enough to put me to sleep. White, however, relates the the science of tides along with a fascinating discussion of the spirit of the ocean and the impact of tides on humans at a visceral level. It's a winning combination that drew me right in.White interweaves stories - both scientific and spiritual - into his book. Like the [...]

    8. Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, by Jonathan White is science and personal experience at its best. New knowledge about long observed phenomenon tumble into the brain like tide-washed stones. Just a wonderful book!He begins with tidal bores — those surfable waves created when great incoming tides meet great outgoing rivers. The Bay of Fundy is the most famous (on which I’ve surfed a muddy boat,) but there are many more. Qiantang, China, southwest of Shanghai, has been known for mil [...]

    9. A very cool and educational book! I like how it talks about the tides from many perspectives, such as science, history, and sociology, and shows their connections. I honestly never thought very much about the tides before, but now I know a lot more about them.I do have some complaints though:-the book is partly travel writing, and partly standard nonfiction. I did not like the travel sections very much, and I liked it much better when he was writing about the facts of the tide rather than his ow [...]

    10. This is a beautifully written book about the most unusual tides in the world. Jonathan White succeeds at explaining the science and the spirit, as well as the history and power of tides. My favorite chapters described the world's biggest 55' tides at the Bay of Fundy, the beauty of the tides around Mont Saint-Michel, and an astonishing tidal bore that roars up a river in China. Jonathan White spent years researching this book and traveling to witness the unusual tides for himself. Along the way [...]

    11. Fascinating topics including the science and history of forecasting tides, the difference of spring and neap tides, efforts to harvest energy from the ocean, and lastly (felt like an afterthought) the effects of rising tides on civilization.Surprisingly he neglected to mention the San Francisco Bay Model in all of this.Docked one star due to dire need of an editor: the writing was more "tell" than "show" and sections on historical natural philosophers were repeated.Docked another star due to mul [...]

    12. I read this book because I find the tides super interesting. If you are curious about why most places on the ocean have two tides a day instead of only one, read this book. The answer is that one is caused by the gravitational pull of the moon, the other by the centrifugal force on the opposite side of the Earth, as the Earth-Moon system spins around its center of mass. White uses the analogy of swinging a water balloon around at the end of a string. The balloon will stretch both toward and away [...]

    13. Tides by Jonathan White is a combination of travelogue, anthropology, and science. Each of the nine chapters starts with a topic and/or a place and presents the science, history, sociology etc. with an emphasis on tides. The book opens with the Bay of Fundy, and moves to Mont Saint-Michel and China. After a digression for Sir Isaac Newton, it proceeds to surfing, geophysics, and resonance. The book closes with energy and climate change.Whether your interest is world travel, physics, or anthropol [...]

    14. This is an incredible work. The author provides an expansive, surprising, and engaging look at the complexity of tides throughout the world and its effect upon nature, society, as well as the cosmos.He describes his travels all over the world where he observes first hand the power and intricacies of tidal movement. He shares with us conversations with experts and locals how the ebb and flow of the tide regulates their lives. The result is a book which far exceeded my expectations. I took the boo [...]

    15. I found Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean both informative and entertaining. I learned that there are many more factors to consider in forecasting tide heights than just the position of the moon, for instance.The author, Jonathan White, has explored many places with unusually high tides, such as Ungava Bay and the Bay of Fundy. In Ungava he joined a local Inuit harvesting mussels in a cave under the ice when the tide was out. He does a fine job describing the sheer power of the tides, o [...]

    16. This book contains a lot of information about the tides from someone who loves water and the movement of water. Tides differ around the world. They are always moving: ebb and flow. In some locations they are drastic, in others, negligible. These are many wonderful, intimate stories told about water, most which we will not experience for ourselves. "Oceanographers claim that the volume of water that flows in and out of the Bay of Fundy during a tide cycle is equal to the combined outflow of all t [...]

    17. I received this book as part of a Giveaway.If you are interested in tides this could be the book for you. White addresses some specific phenomenal tidal phenomena around the globe. Looking at not only the science of what makes those tides happen but the effects of those tides on both animal and human adaptations to living in those areas. I have really enjoyed this book and its creative ways of looking at some of these tides, from the Bay of Fundy to tidal power generation, this is a really inte [...]

    18. Huge disappointment. Author seems to feel it somehow improves a book if each chapter consists of two unrelated stories interleaved together with tenuous strained connections. And if he does insane stupid things like tackling tide rips in an open skiff. There's some good stuff on tides in the book but it's way too much work ferreting it out, and even then it's not presented with even a modicum of rigor. Also, note to Author, if I were interested in stories about surfing, I'd look for a book that [...]

    19. A fun and interesting read. Now I understand why understanding tidal patterns has eluded me Tides are complex! They are influenced by many factors, not just the moon. Although perhaps a bit light on the science at times, White does a great job introducing the reader to this complexity while traveling around the world to examine different tides and tide-related phenomena, such as tidal bores and extreme tides. Definitely worth a read if you spend time near an ocean.

    20. Using personal adventures around the world relating to experiencing tidal phenomenon, from a visit to Mont St. Michel, to harvesting mussels below the arctic ice at low tide, to celebrating the Silver Dragon in China at the Bore-watching Festival, Jonathan white uses his supreme storytelling talent to explain the mysteries and complicated physics of Earth's ocean tides. Excellent reading whether you live near an ocean or not.

    21. This book is extremely well researched and filled with stories and the history of tidal forces. Many references to external sources it led me to this lovely audio sf storyradiolab/story/282571-As a Hydrographer on the Atlantic Canadian coast, I have travelled to many of the locals that the author visited and seen the power of water, vertically and horizontally.This is just the book I wanted to read---lots to think about.

    22. This book was fascinating. The science was understandable to a layman, I picked it up primarily to read about tidal bores. Have just learned about them, I wanted to learn more. It's amazing to me that people surf them! But overall, the book was worth reading and, I think, belongs in every collection.

    23. Do you think you understand the tides? You don't, but that is ok because you will really enjoy each twist and turn of the plot as Jonathan White traces the fits and starts of human knowledge on the topic while taking you on a journey to places most affected by tides: Tierra Del Fuego, the San Blas Islands, straits in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, the Bay of Fundy, the UK, and Venice.

    24. If you are interested in a philosophical journey to tidal anomalies around the World then this book will satisfy your needs. I was looking for a little more of the details explaining how the tides work, and White does cover some of this. There is a greater emphasis on the ecological and surfing perspectives for tides. On balance this is a decent book and I give it three stars.

    25. This was such an interesting book to read! I love how the author touched on how the tides have been viewed throughout history and what they mean to different cultures. And the way he presented the science behind the tides was very user friendly and approachable to learn for someone who is not very science minded.

    26. This was a fascinating look at tides around the world. Lots of science, but also many personal stories and observations. I loved learning how Venice deals with high tides; I was captivated by the stories of the Kuna tribe of Panama. Great read.

    27. White interweaves scientific information and explanations with engaging narratives wonderfully. He visits fascinating places, meets interesting people all while tells us how the tides work (and they have so many different mechanisms, influences, and outcomes!).

    28. A couple years ago an editor friend sent me a manuscript called Tides, by sailor, surfer, and writer-conservationist Jonathan White. It blew me away. White had traveled the world exploring the biggest, baddest, fastest tides on the planet—from China to the Arctic, from the waters hemming Normandy’s Mont Saint-Michel monastery to Canada’s Bay of Fundy. He’d also spent years researching tidal science and the history of tidal explanations. I’d had no idea how complex the phenomenon is (hi [...]

    29. I loved this book. I listened to it, and I'm not sure I would have made it through all the technical aspects of it had I been reading it. I'm happy I was able to listen to it. It is delightful and intriguing.

    30. Great informative read on tideGreat storytelling to reveal the cause, effects, and future of tides. Highly recommended to all who have felt the effect of tides

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