The Lost Art of Finding Our Way
Lavishly illustrated with nearly 200 specially prepared drawings, Huth's compelling account of the cultures of navigation will engross readers in a narrative that is part scientific treatise, part personal travelogue, and part vivid re-creation of navigational history. Seeing through the eyes of past voyagers, we bring our own world into sharper view.
- Hardback | 520 pages
- 152.4 x 236.22 x 40.64mm | 997.9g
- 15 May 2013
- HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
- The Belknap Press
- Cambridge, Mass., United States
- 171 halftones, 54 line illustrations, 3 tables
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--Deirdre Lockwood"Science" (08/09/2013) It's a great reference, filled with personal and historical anecdotes and fascinating bits of physics, astronomy, oceanography, and meteorology. And that's one of Huth's central points: To find your way in a world without maps, you can't rely on any single cue--you need to make the best of whatever combination of cues is available to you...With a little study, "The Lost Art of Finding Our Way "could be your guide to reconnecting with the navigational aids in the world around you.
--Greg Miller"Wired" (09/05/2013) [Huth's] exuberance shines through: he makes gadgets in his garage and narrates adventures at sea. Huth's is a book filled with joy about what we might term the everyday mathematics of living on the Earth...Huth is concerned that we have become desensitized to our physical environment because of technology such as smartphones and global positioning systems, which do the work of plotting and routefinding for us. To live in what Huth dubs 'the bubble' created by such devices is to lose not only our wonder at the world but also a bundle of precious survival skills. To be able to find our way in the world is to reconnect with its value in a virtuous spiral of environmental awareness.
--Robert J. Mayhew"Times Higher Education" (08/01/2013) Early humans learned to navigate on land and sea by watching the world around them...Huth recovers some of this history by looking at Norse legends, the records of Arab traders moving across the Indian Ocean and Pacific Islanders...Huth's subject is fascinating...We have lost many of our innate abilities on the way to this technologically
advanced moment in time. But John Edward Huth believes, and his book shows, that some of what was lost can still be found. We just need to relearn how to read the signs.--Anthony Sattin"Literary Review" (05/01/2013)
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