Helen Czerski: Blue Machine (2023, Norton & Company, Incorporated, W. W., W. W. Norton & Company) 5 stars

A scientist’s exploration of the "ocean engine"—the physics behind the ocean’s systems—and why it matters. …

And this warm, sheltered layby of the global ocean has been the stage for some of the greatest dramas of western history, as the Phoneician, Greek and Roman civilizations rose and fell around its coastline. Those societies saw the hand of the sea gods Yam, Poseidon and Neptune in their daily affairs, and in appreciating the role of the water they were not far wrong. But no amount of human worship can change the fundamental rules of the ocean, and so the blue machine just kept turning as the humans yelled their puny battle cries at its surface, oblivious to the inner workings of the waters that carried them.

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