A thoughtful challenge to the tidal status quo.



Chemical engineer and debut author Hayduk offers new theories on the workings of tides in this work.

The difference in height between high and low tide is generally larger near the poles than at the equator, but this rule isn’t always true. The ever-curious Hayduk looked into the reason for this inconsistency, but he felt that the current scientific model for tides couldn’t satisfactorily explain it. Therefore, he set out to do his own research, and this work contains his findings regarding the functions of tides, some of which challenge current scientific theories. At the heart of tidal theory is the force of gravity, and the author recounts his attempts to understand the effects of lunisolar gravitational forces on Earth—that is, the “pull” of the sun and the moon—by analyzing tidal patterns and anomalies from the Cape of Good Hope to the Bay of Fundy. “Sometimes, nature leaves a sufficient number of clues as to how it gets things done,” Hayduk writes in his introduction. “This makes it possible for us to rediscover one of its mysterious devices and methods—if we search for it.” He comes to the conclusion that extensive, deep sections of the ocean are “continually subjected to the lunisolar gravitational forces,” which explains numerous effects. Hayduk’s prose, interspersed with numerous diagrams and charts, is technical, but not so opaque that interested amateurs can’t follow his arguments: “The strength of the gravitational force on the lunar belt is more than double that of the solar belt; that is to say, the moon is more effective in moving ocean water faster or farther than the sun is.” Many readers will learn a lot more than they currently know about tidal science. That said, the validity of some of Hayduk’s theories (regarding, for example, the idea that the moon’s and sun’s gravity affect wind, which he notes is “Nowhere…in the literature”) will need to be scrutinized further by other members of the scientific community. However, anyone who’s intrigued by the complex, swirling machinations of water and air will enjoy how he relates his ideas.

A thoughtful challenge to the tidal status quo.

Pub Date: July 3, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5255-1870-6

Page Count: 252

Publisher: FriesenPress

Review Posted Online: Nov. 22, 2018

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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