The Wavewatcher's Companion

The Wavewatcher's Companion

Gavin Pretor-Pinney


One vivid February afternoon on a seashore in Cornwall, Gavin
Pretor-Pinney took a holiday from cloudspotting and began gazing the
waves rolling into shore. Mesmerised, he puzzled the place they'd come
from, and made up our minds to determine. He quickly realised that waves don't just
appear at the ocean, they're all over round us, and our lives
depend on them.

From the rippling beats of our hearts, to the circulate of meals through
our digestive tracts and of signs throughout our brains, waves are the
transport platforms of bodies. every little thing we see and listen to reaches us
via gentle and sound waves, and our info age is reliant on the
microwaves and infrared waves utilized by the phone and internet
infrastructure. From shockwaves unleashed by means of explosions to torsional
waves that reason suspension bridges to break down, from sonar waves that
allow submarines to 'see' with sound to Mexican waves that sweep
through stadium crowds... there have been waves, it appeared, at any place Gavin
looked. yet what, he puzzled, may possibly all of them have in universal with ones
we splash round in on holiday?

By the time he made the last word surfer's pilgrimage to Hawaii, Gavin
had turn into a world-class wavewatcher, even supposing he was once nonetheless garbage at
surfing. And, whereas this attention-grabbing, humorous booklet would possibly not educate you how
to experience the waves, it is going to assist you to song into the shapes,
colours and varieties of life's many undulations.

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