The Sea Goes Rogue

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Ever won­der about the me­chan­ics be­hind rogue waves and how they be­come po­ten­tial ship-sinkers? Rogue Waves: Anatomy of a Mon­ster, by Michel Olagnon dis­sects rogue waves us­ing anec­dotes, his­tor­i­cal re­ports, pho­tos and paint­ings, and sci­en­tific ocean data. A naval en­gi­neer, Olagnon has stud­ied years’ worth of wave data col­lected from North Sea oil rigs and learned that rogue waves are not as un­com­mon as once thought. He ob­jec­tively uses the data to ex­plain how mariners can un­der­stand and pre­pare for this nat­u­ral phe­nom­e­non. Other types of waves, such as those caused by earthquakes, are also ex­plained. (Blooms­bury, $30)

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