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The core of the book is in the next five chapters, which discuss the British drive to develop this essential geographical component of tidal theory. Success came from the efforts of a huge and diverse network of people who collected, standardized, analyzed, and synthesized tidal data.
The close approach problem inflicting the known tidal theory is averted in this model.
Wallace Hooper's useful survey of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century tidal theories from Copernicus to Wallis finds in modern science a partial (but anachronistic) vindication of Galileo's maligned tidal theory, notably his attention to the shape of sea basins in explaining tidal periods.
He laid the basis of tidal theory, conceiving an "equilibrium tide" that would apply to ideal conditions of a global ocean.