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Tides: A Very Short Introduction

Tides: A Very Short Introduction  

David George Bowers and Emyr Martyn Roberts

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2019
Published Online: 
Nov 2019
eISBN: 
9780191865657
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198826637.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198826637
The tide is the greatest synchronized movement of matter on our planet. Every drop of seawater takes part in tidal motion, driven by the gravitational pull of the Moon and Sun. Tides: A ... More
3. Measurement and prediction

3. Measurement and prediction  

David George Bowers and Emyr Martyn Roberts

in Tides: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2019
Published Online: 
Nov 2019
eISBN: 
9780191865657
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198826637.003.0003
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chapter
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9780198826637
‘Measurement and prediction’ outlines the ways in which tides and tidal currents can be measured, and considers the standard method of analysing tidal data using a curve-fitting procedure ... More
1. The sky in prehistory

1. The sky in prehistory  

Michael Hoskin

in The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2003
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775727
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192803061.003.0001
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chapter
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9780192803061
Historians of astronomy mainly work from surviving documents, instruments, and artefacts. However, ‘The Sky in Prehistory’ examines the surviving stone monuments from a period where there ... More
6. One of God’s chosen few

6. One of God’s chosen few  

Rob Iliffe

in Newton: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2007
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777202
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199298037.003.0006
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199298037
‘One of God's chosen few’ explains how at some point, probably in the early 1670s, Newton became a radical anti-trinitarian, holding that the conventional doctrine of the Holy Trinity was ... More
4. The calendar and festivals

4. The calendar and festivals  

Norman Solomon

in Judaism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2014
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Aug 2014
eISBN: 
9780191780035
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199687350.003.0005
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199687350
The key to the Jewish calendar is Nature and the pattern of sunrise and sunset. Temple procedures were scheduled into a day that began at dawn and for other purposes the day began at ... More
3. The Moon’s influence on us

3. The Moon’s influence on us  

David A. Rothery

in Moons: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2015
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Dec 2015
eISBN: 
9780191799495
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198735274.003.0003
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780198735274
The Moon’s presence in the sky has long pervaded human culture in many ways. ‘The Moon’s influence on us’ considers the influence on timekeeping and how the orbits of the Moon and Earth are ... More
8. New frontiers

8. New frontiers  

David George Bowers and Emyr Martyn Roberts

in Tides: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2019
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Nov 2019
eISBN: 
9780191865657
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198826637.003.0008
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780198826637
‘New frontiers’ considers where the future lies for tidal studies. On our own planet there are discoveries to be made in difficult-to-reach places such as deep-sea ecosystems. The ... More
2. Making tides

2. Making tides  

David George Bowers and Emyr Martyn Roberts

in Tides: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2019
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Nov 2019
eISBN: 
9780191865657
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198826637.003.0002
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780198826637
‘Making tides’ explains the forces that generate tides and the scientific discoveries that helped to explain them. Every point in the ocean experiences a tide-generating force changing in ... More
8. In the city

8. In the city  

Rob Iliffe

in Newton: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2007
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777202
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199298037.003.0008
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chapter
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9780199298037
‘In the city’ describes how the years after the completion of the Principia witnessed some of the most intense intellectual activity of Newton's life. He researched furiously into the vexed ... More
7. The divine book

7. The divine book  

Rob Iliffe

in Newton: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2007
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777202
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199298037.003.0007
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9780199298037
‘The divine book’ examines the development of Newton's thinking about celestial motions. By November 1685 he had completed a draft of the Principia. In the first book — the ‘Lectiones’ — he ... More
2. From stardust to planets, the abodes for life

2. From stardust to planets, the abodes for life  

David C. Catling

in Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2013
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Oct 2013
eISBN: 
9780191779923
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199586455.003.0002
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199586455
Life exists because following a Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago, a hot, dense cosmos expanded and cooled. As it did so, atoms, galaxies, stars, planets, and life arose. ‘From stardust to ... More
8. Controversies and prospects

8. Controversies and prospects  

David C. Catling

in Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2013
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Oct 2013
eISBN: 
9780191779923
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199586455.003.0008
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199586455
‘Controversies and prospects’ examines the Rare Earth Hypothesis and looks at prospects for astrobiology and finding life elsewhere. The Rare Earth Hypothesis is that the fortuitous ... More
9. A very brief history of the Earth

9. A very brief history of the Earth  

Jan Zalasiewicz

in Geology: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2018
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Jul 2018
eISBN: 
9780191842771
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198804451.003.0009
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780198804451
Our planet is ancient—at 4.6 billion years—and over that time it has changed enormously. ‘A very brief history of the Earth’ describes how the Earth and Moon were created in the Chaotian ... More
Early navigational cultures

Early navigational cultures  

Jim Bennett

in Navigation: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2017
Published Online: 
Feb 2017
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198733713.003.0001
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chapter
Distinct geographies, where areas of sea were demarcated not only by land, but also by climate and current, helped to create different cultures of navigation that for centuries followed ... More
2. Rocky planets

2. Rocky planets  

David A. Rothery

in Planets: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777622
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199573509.003.0003
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chapter
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9780199573509
‘Rocky planets’ looks at the terrestrial planets Earth, Mercury, Venus, and Mars, and also Earth's satellite, the Moon. What lies at the core of a terrestrial planet? What surrounds the ... More
1. Watching the tide

1. Watching the tide  

David George Bowers and Emyr Martyn Roberts

in Tides: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2019
Published Online: 
Nov 2019
eISBN: 
9780191865657
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198826637.003.0001
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780198826637
The tide is the ocean’s response to the variation in gravitational pull of the Moon and the Sun over the surface of the Earth. ‘Watching the tide’ considers the importance of tides, from ... More
Moons: A Very Short Introduction

Moons: A Very Short Introduction  

David A. Rothery

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2015
Published Online: 
Dec 2015
eISBN: 
9780191799495
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198735274.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198735274
Moons: A Very Short Introduction introduces the reader to the varied and fascinating moons of our Solar System. Beginning with the early discoveries of Galileo and others, it ... More
7. Rocks on other planets

7. Rocks on other planets  

Jan Zalasiewicz

in Rocks: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2016
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Dec 2016
eISBN: 
9780191792588
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198725190.003.0007
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780198725190
Rocks are not just an Earthly phenomenon. They make up the surfaces of some of the planets of the solar system and, in one form or another, those all of the many moons, innumerable comets, ... More
5. The threat from spaceasteroid and comet impacts

5. The threat from space: asteroid and comet impacts  

Bill McGuire

in Global Catastrophes: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2014
Published Online: 
Aug 2014
eISBN: 
9780191784088
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198715931.003.0005
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780198715931
‘The Threat from Space’ considers the threat of asteroids and comets colliding with Earth. Potential impacts of Near Earth Asteroids, with almost circular orbits, have been identified, but ... More
Newton: A Very Short Introduction

Newton: A Very Short Introduction  

Rob Iliffe

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2007
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777202
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199298037.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199298037
Newton: A Very Short Introduction introduces Newton's scientific studies in fields ranging from physics, astronomy, and mathematics, to alchemy. It also examines his ... More

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