The Power of the Sea: Tsunamis, Storm Surges, Rogue Waves... and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $17.00
  • Save: $3.46 (20%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 17 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
The Power of the Sea: Tsu... has been added to your Cart
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by Istra
Condition: Used: Very Good
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Power of the Sea: Tsunamis, Storm Surges, Rogue Waves, and Our Quest to Predict Disasters (Macsci) Paperback – March 13, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0230120747 ISBN-10: 0230120741

Buy New
Price: $13.54
27 New from $2.99 37 Used from $1.56
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$13.54
$2.99 $1.56
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Get Up to 80% Back When You Sell Us Your Books
$13.54 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 17 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

The Power of the Sea: Tsunamis, Storm Surges, Rogue Waves, and Our Quest to Predict Disasters (Macsci) + The World Is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean's  Are One
Price for both: $26.89

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Series: Macsci
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230120741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230120747
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #508,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this educational account, professor (at the Stevens Institute of New Jersey) and scientist Parker examines the violent impact of the seas on human society, and our long struggle to understand them. Parker begins with an exploration of tidal forces and their role in major historical events, from the parting of the Red Sea to D-Day. He moves on to hurricanes, rogue waves, and tsunamis, ending with the catastrophic 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and following tsunamis that killed more than 225,000 people. As Parker describes these sea-spawned disasters, he also documents the slow growth of scientific knowledge that gives us a chance to predict and prepare for them. Parker is more scholar than storyteller, and at times he loses the drama of his subject. Long discussions of such topics as "Laplace tidal equations" and "geophysical fluid dynamics" give the sense of a first-year lecture on oceanography. Nevertheless, any reader with an interest in the subject will appreciate Parker's expertise. Parker is optimistic about our ability to manage the dangers of the seas, but as the events of 2004 demonstrated, in spite of all we've learned, they still have the power to render us helpless. (Nov.) (c)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

As Parker pithily states, humanity’s primary defense against a violent sea is to get out of its way; but evading the sea’s wrath requires advance notice. Hence prediction is the focal point of Parker’s narrative, and a lively, story-driven one it is. A scientist formerly affiliated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Parker illustrates progress in foreseeing danger though numerous historical instances reaching back to antiquity. The near-deaths of Alexander the Great and Napoléon, who were surprised by tides, open Parker’s discussion of that topic. He twins observers’ collection of data with theorists’ ideas about the cause of tides to illustrate the advance toward modern understanding, adducing Newton’s solution of the problem and the application of tidal knowledge to battles of WWII. The data/theory historical structure guides Parker’s treatment of succeeding subjects of vital contemporary concern, such as hurricanes and storm surges, giant rogue waves, tsunamis, and rising sea level. Riveting readers with analyses of catastrophes such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Parker delivers science in dramatic and digestible form. --Gilbert Taylor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

If only more scientists and engineers would write as clearly as Dr Parker...
Harold
His book is easy to follow due to his structure and writing style – clear, concise, and comprehensive.
tayatan
Purchased this book after being sorely disappointed from reading "The Wave" by Susan Casey.
Alain S. Thery

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By firstrate on November 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Although I have heard about the tsunamis in the Indian Ocean, I was never aware of all the details and the effort going on the predict and warn of future events. Just the shear number of earthquakes, tsunamis, etc. that occur without us knowing about them is amazing. All the cases described in this book about tides, waves, etc. show how important the sea has been throughout history. If you have ever had any interest in history and/or the sea, read this book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Alain S. Thery on December 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Purchased this book after being sorely disappointed from reading "The Wave" by Susan Casey. And there I found what I really wanted: a whole up-to-date exposition of the knowledge as to how different types of waves in the ocean come to being and their impact on life on earth including their sometimes terrifying consequences on human societies. No breathless prose about extreme surfers, an extremely tiny group (although I would like to see a video of them doing it and talking about their experiences anyway), but, along the science, vivid description of the the aftermath on people...
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. B. Cathcart on December 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This popular-style science book is praiseworthy and worth its low cost. As a practising geoscience engineer, I was especially pleased with the book's huge End-Notes section, where topics that fascinated me in the author's main text can be substantiated and further investigated by access to the references. (Too many popular books become unreliable technical resources because they lack Bibliographies or Citations sections.) The author has a nack for a writing style that popularizes science and its jargon in a manner that is entirely informative and I hope he writes more such books on his favorite topics. He's an authentic scientist, not some ordinary, money-grubbing "journalist" turned "authority" in search of public recognition and future book-penning contracts. The illustrations, maps are to the point and there was just one typographical error (a date) that I noticed. This book will interest many people!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Poirier on January 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
It has often been said that the sea holds many mysteries, particularly in the way that it behaves. An insufficient knowledge of this occasionally-violent behaviour may lead to vast destruction and death to the unwary. The author, a "world-recognized physical oceanographer", takes the reader on a fascinating journey across time and (earthly) space as he explores the sea's many peculiarities and its awesome power. He discusses many of the disasters that have occurred throughout history that were caused by storm surges, rogue waves, tsunamis and other maritime phenomena - some of which have eluded explanation for millennia. He even discusses the many types of tides, their causes and their hazards. The book contains a few photographs, a couple of maps and several etchings. In my opinion, the book's only (minor) shortcoming is its lack of explanatory diagrams illustrating the mechanics of some of the phenomena discussed; in particular, such diagrams would have been quite useful in the chapters on tides.

The writing style is clear, authoritative, highly accessible and quite captivating. This book should be of interest to both science and history buffs as well as to anyone who is intrigued by the power of the sea and some of its effects on humanity over time.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Billie Vincent on December 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a landlocked landlubber fascinated with the Sea I found Dr. Parker's book to be incredibly interesting, informative, and engaging. He presents some very interesting but complicated data in an easy to read format and backs his narrative up with a well-documented set of notes that adds to the technical and historical content of the book. It is time well spent in both reading enjoyment as well as an excellent learning experience.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jax B. Nimble on January 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Like another reviewer before me I turned to this book after Susan Casey's "The Wave" disappointed me with it's lack of discussion on the scientific understanding of waves. While this book was informative and I did certainly enjoy it, know that it is really only focused on exactly what the title says "...Tsunamis, Storm Surges, Rogue Waves, and Our Quest to Predict Disasters". If this is is the only information you want then this is the book to turn to. However, as a surfer I was actually hoping to get more of a discussion on the physics of waves and how they work. This book merely touches on it enough so that you can understand some basic principles of waves in order to understand tsunamis and rogue waves. It did go a little too far into the basics of tides for me, but if you are unfamiliar with the topic I'm sure that it would prove interesting...if not, skim the first few chapters or so. All in all, it's exactly what the title states.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David B Richman on January 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have always loved the sea, even though I grew up far from it in the middle of the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. My first trips to the Gulf of California and later to the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, the Atlantic and the Pacific, were all wonderful. I was never bored by the sea. However the sea can be vicious (from our point of view) and tsunamis, storm surges caused by hurricanes and northeasters, and the once near mythical rogue waves, are among the most destructive natural phenomena known, sometimes causing hundreds of thousands of deaths in one event, as in the Bay of Bengal on a number of occasions.

Bruce Parker has researched and collected the harrowing stories of such rampant destruction in his recent book "The Power of the Sea" and this is a book that almost literally rivets you to the pages. He brings up little-known facts- like how the Queen Mary, along with 16,500 crew, U.S. soldiers and nurses, nearly was sunk by a rogue wave in 1942; how human error and arrogance prevented Galveston, Texas, from being warned by an eerily accurate prediction from Cuba just before 6000 people were killed when the hurricane storm surge destroyed the city in 1900; and how England rethought its lack of a warning system when the surge from a northeaster in 1953 caused the death of over 300 people in London, with almost unimaginable losses of livestock and crops in the nearby countryside. The most recent disaster in the U.S.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


More About the Author

Bruce Parker first experienced the sea as a young boy working for his father's scuba diving and water ski schools in the Bahamas. Over the years he mixed his encounters with the sea with academic training and research, to eventually become a world-recognized expert in the oceanographic subjects covered in "The Power of the Sea". He has a PhD in physical oceanography from The Johns Hopkins University, an MS in physical oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BS/BA in biology/physics from Brown University. Before leaving NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) in October 2004, Dr. Parker was Chief Scientist for the National Ocean Service, and before that Director of the Coast Survey Development Laboratory. He is presently a Visiting Professor at the Center for Maritime Systems at the Stevens Institute of Technology. His awards include the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal and Silver Medal, the NOAA Bronze Medal, and the Commodore Cooper Medal from the International Hydrographic Organization. Dr. Parker is also a former Director of the World Data Center for Oceanography, and a former Principal Investigator for the NOAA Global Sea Level Program, and at one time ran the U.S. national tides and currents program. Dr. Parker has published over a hundred papers and articles and written or edited several books.

As a result of the tragic tsunami in northern Japan, Dr. Parker was interviewed on a number of TV and radio shows and quoted in various newspapers and web articles. He also wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal (March 19, 2011, in the Review Section, page 2), The Awesome Unpredictability of Tsunamis, which can be found at the following link:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703818204576206640646878846.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
The Power of the Sea: Tsunamis, Storm Surges, Rogue Waves, and Our Quest to Predict Disasters (Macsci)
This item: The Power of the Sea: Tsunamis, Storm Surges, Rogue Waves, and Our Quest to Predict Disasters (Macsci)
Price: $17.00 $13.54
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com