Pinpoint

Pinpoint

How GPS Is Changing Technology, Culture, and Our Minds

Book - 2016
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Pinpoint tells the story of GPS, a scientific marvel that enables almost all modern technology--but is changing us in profound ways,"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393089127
0393089126
Characteristics: xx, 316 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number: 910.285 MIL

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markardis
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.

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StarGladiator
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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