How GPS Is Changing Technology, Culture, and Our Minds

eBook - 2016
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Pinpoint tells the fascinating story of a hidden system that touches nearly every aspect of modern life. Tracking the development of GPS from its origins as a bomb guidance system to its present ubiquity, Greg Milner examines the technology's double-edged effect on the way we live, work, and travel. Savvy and original, this sweeping scientific history offers startling insight into how humans understand their place in the world.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
ISBN: 9780393244991
Branch Call Number: Downloadable Ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: HCPLC OverDrive - Distributor

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Aug 03, 2016

The best part of this book are the descriptions of the people and politics that shaped the development and application of GPS. I particularly enjoyed reading about the many different ways that people are using GPS systems, such as to plant, cultivate, and harvest sugar beets. Unfortunately, the absence of any graphics (there are only 2 pictures in the entire book) will frustrate any reader trying to understand the technologies of navigation. Thankfully we have Wikipedia to fill in the gaps.

May 18, 2016

Truly a fascinating read on what should have been that most boring of subjects: navigation! The author provides us with a witches' brew concocted of equal parts technical and human interest - - keen writing on the evolution of GPS. Admit I did not understand his explanation of // etak \\ but did grasp he was conveying how the Polynesian navigators visualized in the precursor to GPS. The reader will learn of the unsung heroes and creators of the GPS process!
[One correction: SRI International is NOT affiliated with Stanford University!]


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