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Waves: A Very Short Introduction

Mike Goldsmith

November 2018

ISBN: 9780198803782

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

From sound waves to gravitational waves, and from waves of light to crashing rollers on the ocean, Mike Goldsmith explores the fundamental features shared by all waves in the natural world, and considers the range of phenomena resulting from wave motion, including reflection, diffraction, and polarization in light, and beats and echoes in sound.

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From sound waves to gravitational waves, and from waves of light to crashing rollers on the ocean, Mike Goldsmith explores the fundamental features shared by all waves in the natural world, and considers the range of phenomena resulting from wave motion, including reflection, diffraction, and polarization in light, and beats and echoes in sound.

  • Discusses waves of all kind, including light waves, sound waves, seismic waves, and the now clearly detected gravitational waves
  • Explores the features which all waves have in common
  • Explains the importance of understanding wave behaviour, and its wide applications
  • Part of the Very Short Introduction series - over nine million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Mike Goldsmith, Freelance acoustician

Dr Mike Goldsmith is both a working scientist and a writer of science books. His main areas of research are astronomy, where he has investigated cosmic dust, supergiant stars, and the substances found in other galaxies, and sound, where he has worked on sound in air and water, the history of noise, and intelligent machinery. Since 1986, Mike has written over fifty papers, reports, and articles about sound, as well as over forty science books for readers ranging in age from toddlers to adults. His books have been published in over twenty countries, with two of his titles being shortlisted for the Royal Society Prize for Science Writing.

Table of Contents

    1:Waves in essence
    2:Water waves
    3:Sound waves
    4:Seismic waves
    5:Biological waves
    6:Electromagnetic waves
    7:Gravitational waves
    8:Quantum waves
    Further reading
    Index