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Science Pub

Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean

Monday, June 5, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

June 5, Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean. Speaker: Jonathan White, author and founder of the Resource Institute, a nonprofit organization in Seattle

After nearly losing his 65’ wooden schooner in a large Alaskan tide, writer, sailor and surfer Jonathan White vowed to understand the tide.  He knew the moon had something to do with it, but what exactly?  He read a book, then two.

Ten years later, he had read three hundred books and criss-crossed the seven seas to see the largest, fastest, scariest, and most amazing tides in the world. In China he confronted the Silver Dragon, a twenty-five foot tidal bore that races eighty miles up the Qiantang River; at London’s Royal Society, he dug into the earliest Western tide science, which preoccupied thinkers from Da Vinci to Galileo to Newton; and in the Arctic he followed an Inuit elder down a small hole through thick winter ice to gather fresh blue mussels in the cavities left by low tide.

With photographs, stories, and short readings, Jonathan takes his audiences on an enthralling journey into the surprising and poetic workings of the tide.

White has written for the Christian Science MonitorSierraThe SunSurfer’s JournalOrion, and other publications. His first book, Talking on the Water (Sierra Club Books), is a collection of interviews exploring our relationship with nature.  White is an active marine conservationist, holds an MFA in creative nonfiction, and lives with his wife and son on a small island in Washington State. The author will sign copies of his book, Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, which will be available at the event from Grass Roots Books. 

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