Where the River Flows: Scientific Reflections on Earth's Waterways (Paperback)Sean W. Fleming (author)
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The vital interconnections that rivers share with the land, the sky, and us
Rivers are essential to every aspect of civilization, from brewing beer to building computers, yet how many of us understand how they work? Where the River Flows takes you on a journey along our planet's waterways, providing a scientist's reflections on the profound interrelationships that rivers have with landscapes, ecosystems, and societies.
Drawing on examples ranging from backyard creeks to evocative rivers like the Mississippi, Yangtze, Thames, and Congo, Sean Fleming looks at rivers through the lens of physics, using abundant graphics and intuitive analogies to explore surprising connections between watershed hydrology and the world around us. He explains how river flows fluctuate like stock markets, what "digital rainbows" tell us about climate change and its effects on water, how building virtual watersheds in silicon may help avoid water wars, and more. Along the way, you'll see what communications theory, fractals, artificial life, and other exciting scientific ideas reveal about the life of rivers.
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Number of pages: 216
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
"[A] deft primer."-Barbara Kiser, Nature
"Fleming's decades of experience shine through in this book. Abstract physics concepts feel more relevant when applied to concrete phenomena that readers can visualize."-Laurel Hamers, Science News
"Where the River Flows offers a paradigm shift in understanding the rivers."-Current Science
"Fleming's style is colloquial and engages the reader quickly. . . . This small volume is a good buy for anyone with an enquiring mind about rivers or indeed about natural science in general."-Colin Levings, Ormsby Review
"Extremely interesting and informative. Fleming makes difficult scientific concepts accessible to the layperson, and takes a very broad range of topics and shows how they are interconnected in so many ways."-Karen C. Rice, University of Virginia
"Where the River Flows is distinctive and engaging. Fleming is skilled at explaining relatively complex ideas in simple and accessible language."-Ellen Wohl, Colorado State University