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The Resource Finding north : how navigation makes us human, George Michelsen Foy

Finding north : how navigation makes us human, George Michelsen Foy

Label
Finding north : how navigation makes us human
Title
Finding north
Title remainder
how navigation makes us human
Statement of responsibility
George Michelsen Foy
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Navigation is the key human skill. It's something we do everywhere, whether feeling our way through a bedroom in the dark, or charting a ship's course. But how does navigation affect our brains, our memory, ourselves? Blending scientific research and memoir, and written in beautiful prose, Finding North starts with a quest by the author to understand this most basic of human skills--and why it's in mortal peril. In 1844, Foy's great-great grandfather, captain of a Norwegian cargo ship, perished at sea after getting lost in a snowstorm. Foy decides to unravel the mystery surrounding Halvor Michelsen's death--and the roots of his own obsession with navigation--by re-creating his ancestor's trip using only period instruments. Beforehand, he meets a colorful cast of characters to learn whether men really have better directional skills than women; how cells, eels, and spaceships navigate; and how tragedy results from GPS glitches. He interviews a cabby who has memorized every street in London, sails on a Haitian cargo sloop, and visits the site of a secret navigational cult in Greece. At the heart of Foy's story is this fact: navigation and the brain's memory centers are inextricably linked. As Foy unravels the secret behind Halvor's death, he also discovers why forsaking our navigation skills in favor of GPS may lead not only to Alzheimers and other diseases of memory, but to losing a key part of what makes us human"--
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Foy, George
Dewey number
629.04/5
Index
no index present
LC call number
VK15
LC item number
.F69 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Foy, George
  • Michelson, Halvor
  • Foy, George
  • Navigation
  • Navigation
  • Navigation
  • Ocean travel
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers
  • TRANSPORTATION / Navigation
Label
Finding north : how navigation makes us human, George Michelsen Foy
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 417-439)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Fear -- The Stavanger Paquet -- Birds, memory, and London taxis -- Modeling Halvor -- At the shrine of the navigation gods -- The "exploration" gene -- Adventures in the GPS trade -- Stellar screw-up -- Sex and navigation -- Bad latitude -- Colorado : the dark heart of GPS -- Searching the chart -- Odysseus in Haiti -- Launch -- The downside of cybernav -- At sea -- Navigate or die? -- The sail, and the story of the sail -- The politics of navigation -- Halvor's wedding -- Finding north
Control code
ocn914228209
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 291 pages
Isbn
9781250052681
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016001604
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781250052681
  • (OCoLC)914228209
Label
Finding north : how navigation makes us human, George Michelsen Foy
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 417-439)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Fear -- The Stavanger Paquet -- Birds, memory, and London taxis -- Modeling Halvor -- At the shrine of the navigation gods -- The "exploration" gene -- Adventures in the GPS trade -- Stellar screw-up -- Sex and navigation -- Bad latitude -- Colorado : the dark heart of GPS -- Searching the chart -- Odysseus in Haiti -- Launch -- The downside of cybernav -- At sea -- Navigate or die? -- The sail, and the story of the sail -- The politics of navigation -- Halvor's wedding -- Finding north
Control code
ocn914228209
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 291 pages
Isbn
9781250052681
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016001604
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781250052681
  • (OCoLC)914228209

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