The Science of Ocean Waves: Ripples, Tsunamis, and Stormy Seas
by J.B. Zirker
Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD
264 pages, hardcover
The understanding of waves — how they form, behave and are predicted — is critical knowledge for any responsible offshore sailor. A safe and efficient passage can depend on it. Unfortunately, most authors covering the subject present it in an overly complicated manner, quickly losing their readers by incorporating hard-to-read graphs, equations and scientific nomenclature.
Thanks to a new book by J.B. Zirker, the science of waves is now presented in a straightforward manner and geared to those without a strong scientific background. Zirker covers the subject in detail without losing the reader. His language is clear and he makes the material accessible to all.
The book is entertaining and informative, and a welcome resource for anyone hoping to gain a better understanding of the watery world.