Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Book recommendation: 'The Wavewatcher's Companion' by Gavin Pretor-Pinney

A very big heads up for a wonderful book called The Wavewatcher's Companion by Gavin Pretor-Pinney, the best-selling author of The Cloudspotter's Guide and co-founder of The Idler which I previously referred to here. This book is a wonderful guide to waves everywhere from those that surfers ride which originate mid-ocean to the ones that have travelled for millions of years through the dark reaches of time and space. It's both a comprehensive guide to the science whilst at the same time it's a song to the beauty of waves wherever they are and as the author waxes lyrical it is at times both poetic and extremely thought-provoking. The way in which he manages to surf (as it were) from one big idea to another almost seamlessly as well as the subject matter itself reminds me of two books by Andy Martin: his surfing odyssey Walking on Water and his adventure into the world of high science Beware Invisible Cows. Highly recommended and available to buy now at amazon.

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