In un terso pomeriggio di febbraio, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, gironzolando in compagnia della figlioletta Flora, osserva le onde che si infrangono sugli scogli della Cornovaglia: niente di sensazionale, solo una successione disordinata di piccole creste, simili a dei pendolari in una stazione affollata. Eppure emanano un fascino ipnotico così potente da suscitare la domanda che dà vita a questo libro: che cos'è un'onda?
La risposta, tutt'altro che banale, ci apre le porte di un universo inaspettatamente variegato. Dalla descrizione delle onde che tutti possiamo vedere, come quelle giganti nella baia hawaiana di Waimea, le più amate dai surfisti, si passa poi alle onde meno evidenti, ma fondamentali per noi perché attraversano il nostro corpo: si pensi alla circolazione sanguigna o alla digestione. E ancora: quando ascoltiamo la musica, cuciniamo al microonde o semplicemente ammiriamo i colori della natura in una bella giornata di sole, abbiamo a che fare con onde sonore, elettromagnetiche e luminose. Ma ci sono anche onde violente, dalle conseguenze terribili: le onde d'urto delle esplosioni e quelle sprigionate da terremoti e tsunami.
Riprendendo l'efficace formula già sperimentata in Cloudspotting, Pretor-Pinney miscela erudizione scientifica e riferimenti al mondo artistico e letterario, con uno stile godibile e un'ammirevole chiarezza, riuscendo nell'impresa di rendere accessibili anche gli argomenti più ostici.
- ISBN: 8860884705
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 334
35. The Wave Watcher's Companion: Ocean Waves, Stadium Waves, and All the Rest of Life's Undulations by Gavin Pretor-Pinney published : 2010 format : 320 page Paperback acquired : from amazon in 2012 read : Aug 16-30 rating : 3½ Pretor-Pinney is author of The Cloudspotter's Guide and founder of the Cloud Appre Leggi tutto
Information delivered in a relaxed and often laugh under your breath style. While, admittedly, I will read anything about the ocean, I found that all of the other ‘waves’ contained here fascinating. Gavin’s excitement for information is infectious. It’s the kind of book that makes you want to know e Leggi tutto
There are the making of a lovely little book in here, with a little stern editing. The problem is that Pretor-Pinney seems to think that waves of the wet variety aren't meaty enough a topic to fill a whole book, so he expands his scope to include waves of all kinds. On the one hand this does draw in Leggi tutto
I didn't this guy's book about clouds – which I seem to remember being really big – because I'd hate to have my brain go "That's a columbo dentata" every single time I look at the sky, but I saw this wave one in Oxfam and thought it would be safe because I don't live in the sea. I regret that decisi Leggi tutto
I enjoyed it a lot. Surprisingly. Though its not only about ocean waves, I actually, for once, enjoyed all the physics involved in this! Gavin is also a very humorous author. P.S. Beware Chapter "The Eighth Wave" near the end. There's a face of a fruit fly. I screamed out loud.
Why did I pick this book? I read Pretor-Pinney's first book - the Cloudspotters Guide- and loved it. That first book is all about clouds. What types of cloud there are, how they form, great anecdotes on clouds and all their shapes and sizes, mixed in with a good dose of exquisite British humor. Findi Leggi tutto
One of the things I like about this book is that it is written in a way that makes you want to know more. The author clearly loves what he is doing and the text seems to be permeated by this love. There are plenty of interesting facts and stories that you probably didn't know. For example, why sound Leggi tutto
I wish I'd read a few reviews before buying this, having previously read Susan Casey's excellent book 'The Wave' I was hoping for something in a similar vein, and whilst the first chapter or two, did indeed describe the ones we all know from watching bodies of water in motion, he then strectched the Leggi tutto
Not what i was expecting, though it's difficult to see how a book on water waves could be engaging for that many pages! Instead, this is a lovely book about all waves that we know about. I learned a lot and am still thinking about it a lot. Sometimes hard to get into but once started reluctant to pu Leggi tutto
Brilliant book; the right balance of personal experience, humour and scientific explanation to make it easy to read. The last chapter was a great topic to end on. I wanted more, so I went onto YouTube and watched surfing in Waimea Bay and Mark Cunningham and others body surfing.
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