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Extraordinary look at a fascinating -- and useful -- subject.,
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This review is from: The Lost Art of Finding Our Way (Hardcover)
Professor Huth really outdoes himself with this book -- rivals for layfolk his work on the Higgs hoo-hah at the Large Hadron Collider. It's a fascinating collage of historical, theoretical and practical material. Anybody with an interest in one or more of those areas of navigation will find lots of things they can use and many nuggets to interest them in the other areas. For example, "the tidal bulge is, effectively, a very long wave" -- who woulda thought! And from there to "You can think of a partly trapped body of water as a bell that rings with a distinct pitch of frequency if you hit it... water will slosh back and forth with a unique frequency...", and "The two areas with the highest tides on the planet are in Ungava Bay in Northern Quebec and the Bay of Fundy...".
Who could resist!