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Seemann's poetic introduction to the science of the tides



Before you hear this conversation from Jonathan White, you may want to be somewhere by the sea when the moon is rising or setting. That would be ideal. If not, then be somewhere where you can search maps of all the distant places he talks about. You will probably have this urge.

White is a lifelong sailor. A mishap that ran aground in Alaska with its schooner "Crusader" sparked a desire to learn more about tides. Come to find out tides have puzzled philosophers and scientists – from Plato and Aristotle to da Vinci, Newton, Descartes and Galileo – through history. And there is still much we do not understand about them.

White's research took ten years and involved traveling around the world. The result is his book "Tides: The Science and the Spirit of the Ocean". His lecture explains the secret of the tides with scientific insight and poetic appreciation.

Jonathan White spoke on April 1

0 at the Elliott Bay Book Company was jointly presented by Northwest Science Writers. KUOW's Sonya Harris recorded his lecture.

Watch a movie here in which White talked about what music can teach us about tides.

Listen to the full version of his lecture:


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