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TIDES: The Science and Spirit of a Natural Wonder
潮汐:海洋和月亮的雙人舞
版本:396頁  2016 年  Trinity University (國外權利人:Curtis Brown)出版
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內容介紹

在十五世紀的時候,達文西深信潮汐是由某一個巨大生物的呼吸所造成的,他甚至還著手計算這個生物的肺應該有多大。如果他的想法是對的,如果他走的夠遠,研究的夠深入,他將會發現,其實沒有所謂的”一個”巨大生物,而是成千上萬的生物,各自以不同力度的呼吸,相互交疊地推拉著空氣。經過兩百年之後,牛頓終於找到了這個巨大無比的肺—如果非得要有一個肺的話—就在月球上。

 

這本書結合了豐富的旅遊記事、刺激的科學研究分析,並以平易近人的抒情文體,來描寫這股讓地球之水翻來覆去,強大又神秘的自然現象。例如海的流動除了可以用科學的角度去解釋之外,也可以很詩意地形容那是海洋對月亮的嚮往。Jonathan White為了研究各地的潮汐,花了好幾年的時間四處旅行,幾乎把大半輩子都奉獻給海洋。他仔細調查了海浪、潮汐的能量,和那些受到潮汐影響的海洋生命,並詳細整理了幾十年來歷史上人類對於潮汐的研究與想法。他將和讀者分享關於潮汐的許多面向,包含了潮汐實際上是如何運作的,還有它如何影響了許多生活在它律動之下的人類文明。

 

獲得三次National Book Award的博物學家Peter Matthiessen特地為此書寫序。

作者介紹

Jonathan White的第一本書《Talking on the Water》在1994年由Random House/Sierra Club Books 出版。書中敘述他將一艘廢棄的雙軌帆船改造成一個漂浮在海上的教室,並廣邀許多有名的作家、環境學者和科學家,一起來討論人類在自然環境中的定位,還有我們可以跟土地、動物和原住民學到什麼。他是許多自然保護協會的一員,San JuanPreservation Trust的董事,也是美國西北海洋保護行動的主席。

書評

“Let me be clear. This is one of the most fascinating, engaging, relevant, and impeccably brilliant books I have ever read. It has profoundly changed my sense for the earth, the oceans, the sky, and how they are deeply interwoven with the course of human thought and history.” - Richard Nelson, Author

 

“I loved this book. Jonathan White weaves the science throughout his travel stories so that the reader is not inundated with mathematical and scientific theories. As a physical oceanographer, I understand the tides from a scientific viewpoint. I really enjoyed learning the history of tidal theories, the spiritual meaning the tides have for many people around the world, and how the tides affect so many places in such varied ways. I recommend it to both scientists and non-scientists.”- Sally Warner, PhD, Oregon State University

 

“Jonathan White’s tidal explorations drew me in with just the right mix of science, history, and storytelling, propelled throughout by the author’s infectious curiosity and sense of wonder. Beautifully written, impeccably researched, and filled with unexpected connections and discoveries, Tides is a splendid book – highly recommended.” - Thor Hanson, Author of The Triumph of Seeds