A humorous, original guide to the waves that surround us and through which we experience the world, by the bestselling author of The Cloudspotter's Guide.
Gavin Pretor-Pinney started wondering about waves when he found himself in a glider 'surfing' a gigantic Australian cloud called the Morning Glory; its similarity to an ocean wave was startling. So he embarked on a global journey of wave discovery that was at first intended as an excuse for a holiday to Hawaii. But other kinds of wave kept cropping up to impede his departure.
Brain waves, radio waves, infrared waves, microwaves, shock waves, light waves, Mexican waves - all played a role in delaying Gavin's arrival on Waikiki Beach. If you've ever wondered why your heart beats, snakes slither, suspension bridges collapse, butterfly wings shimmer, saucers fly, traffic jams - it's all about waves......
Gavin Pretor-Pinney is the founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society. He also co-founded the Idler, a magazine that defends the noble art of doing nothing. Gavin is no surfer. In fact, he is rubbish at surfing. But he loves watching waves in every form, and has come to realise that they are at the very heart of the world around us.