The Tides: A Scientific History. David Edgar force. Leonhard Euler corrected this in 1740, sharing Cartwright. 1999. 292 pp. $74.95. Hardbound. with Daniel Bernoulli and two others a prize offered Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0 52 1 62145 3. by the Academie Roy al e des Sciences in Paris. Pierre Simon, Marquis de Laplace, was the first to formulate the correct dynamical equations, particularly in his The study of tides has everything: it relates to rich classic paper in 1776. All this is nicely described by and intellectually challenging phenomena of wide- Cartwright, with a sprinkling of mathematics where spread occurrence in the oceans, the earth, and the bio- appropriate and occasional enlivening quotations, such sphere; it permits a rare and satisfying precision for as that fro m Nathaniel Bowditch, the American trans- the physical oceanographer; and it has a long and fas- cinating history. lator of Laplace's Mecanique Celeste: "Whenever I meet the words Thu s it plainly appears ...' , I am sure British oceanographer David Cartwright is one of that hours, perhaps days, of hard study will alone en- the leading tidal investigators of the late twentieth cen- able me to discover how it plainly appears."
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Dec 1, 1999
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