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The Tide

Summary

Here is the epic story of the centuries-long search to understand the tide: from Aristotle, said to have drowned himself when he failed to figure out the Greek tides, to the pioneering investigations into the role of the moon by Galileo and Newton to supercomputing in our own time. Celebrated science writer Hugh Aldersey-Williams whisks the listener along on his travels to Nova Scotia, where the tides are the strongest in the world; to arctic Norway, home of the raging tidal whirlpool known as the maelstrom; and to Venice, to explore efforts to defend against the famed acqua alta. Along the way Aldersey-Williams reveals the tidal truths behind the legends of Scylla and Charybdis, the story of Moses parting the Red Sea, the conquests of Julius Caesar, the Boston Tea Party, and the D-day landings in Normandy.

©2016 Hugh Aldersey-Williams (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Derek Perkins
Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
Available on Audible
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Periodic Tales

Summary

Like the alphabet, the calendar, or the zodiac, the periodic table of the chemical elements has a permanent place in our imagination. But aside from the handful of common ones (iron, carbon, copper, gold), the elements themselves remain wrapped in mystery. We do not know what most of them look like, how they exist in nature, how they got their names, or of what use they are to us. Unlocking their astonishing secrets and colorful pasts, Periodic Tales is a passionate journey through mines and artists' studios, to factories and cathedrals, into the woods and to the sea to discover the true stories of these fascinating but mysterious building blocks of the universe.

©2011 Hugh Aldersey-Williams (P)2015 Tantor

Narrator: Antony Ferguson
Category: History, World
Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
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Periodic Tales

Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Periodic Tales by Hugh Aldersey-Williams, read by John Sackville.  Everything in the universe is made of them, including you. Like you, the elements have personalities, attitudes, talents, shortcomings, stories rich with meaning. Here you'll meet iron that rains from the heavens and noble gases that light the way to vice. You'll learn how lead can tell your future while zinc may one day line your coffin. You'll discover what connects the bones in your body with the Whitehouse in Washington, the glow of a streetlamp with the salt on your dinner table. Unlocking their astonishing secrets and colourful pasts, Periodic Tales is a voyage of wonder and discovery, showing that their stories are our stories, and their lives are inextricable from our own.

©2018 Hugh Aldersey-Williams (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Narrator: John Sackville
Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
Available on Audible
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In Search of Sir Thomas Browne

Summary

Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682) was an English writer, physician, and philosopher whose work has inspired everyone form Ralph Waldo Emerson to Jorge Luis Borges, Virginia Woolf to Stephen Jay Gould. In an intellectual adventure akin to Sarah Bakewell's book on Montaigne, How to Live, Hugh Aldersey-Williams sets off not just to tell the story of Browne's life but also to champion his skeptical nature and inquiring mind for our own age. Mixing botany, etymology, medicine, and literary history, Aldersey-Williams journeys in his hero's footsteps to introduce us to witches, zealots, natural wonders, and fabulous creatures of Browne's time and ours. He reveals how Browne's preoccupations - how to disabuse the credulous of their foolish beliefs, what to make of order in natures, how to unite science and religion - are relevant today. And he shows how Sir Thomas Browne himself remains, as Stephen Greenblatt has written, "unnervingly one of our most adventurous contemporaries."

©2015 Originial Material by Hugh Aldersey-Williams . Recorded by arrangement with W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. (P)2015 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Simon Vance
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
Available on Audible