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    DescriptionOne bright February afternoon on a beach in Cornwall, Gavin Pretor-Pinney took a break from cloudspotting and started watching the waves rolling into shore. Mesmerised, he wondered where they had come from, and decided to find out. He soon realised that waves don't just appear on the ocean, they are everywhere around us, and our lives depend on them. From the rippling beats of our hearts, to the movement of food through our digestive tracts and of signals across our brains, waves are the transport systems of our bodies. Everything we see and hear reaches us via light and sound waves, and our information age is reliant on the microwaves and infrared waves used by the telephone and internet infrastructure. From shockwaves unleashed by explosions to torsional waves that cause suspension bridges to collapse, from sonar waves that allow submarines to 'see' with sound to Mexican waves that sweep through stadium crowds...there were waves, it seemed, wherever Gavin looked. But what, he wondered, could they all have in common with ones we splash around in on holiday? By the time he made the ultimate surfer's pilgrimage to Hawaii, Gavin had become a world-class wavewatcher, although he was still rubbish at surfing. And, while this fascinating, funny book may not teach you how to ride the waves, it will show you how to tune into the shapes, colours and forms of life's many undulations.


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    Title
    The Wavewatcher's Companion
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gavin Pretor-Pinney
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 244 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781408809761
    ISBN 10: 1408809761
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    BIC E4L: SCP
    BIC subject category V2: PDZ
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24270
    DC22: 500
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    BISAC V2.8: SCI067000
    DC22: 531.1133
    Thema V1.0: PDZ
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations (some col.)
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date
    06 June 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Gavin Pretor-Pinney is the founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society and author of two Sunday Times bestsellers, The Cloudspotter's Guide and The Cloud Collector's Handbook. He also co-founded the Idler, a magazine that defends the noble art of doing nothing. Gavin loves watching waves in every form, whether on the seashore or around a football stadium, and has learned to enjoy their subtle and beautiful progress through our lives. He lives in Somerset.
    Review quote
    'Page after page is patient, open, rational and clear... an eye opening experience' Daily Mail 'Pretor-Pinney is clever, passionate, indomitable in his determination to share his knowledge.' Daily Telegraph 'He is an entertaining and informal teacher... a unique book' Daily Mail 'Dotted with photos and diagrams, The Wavewatcher's Companion is a perfectly paced combination of whimsical, digressive wonder and in-depth knowledge that renders a potentially esoteric subject engaging to all' Financial Times