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Author Bray, Hiawatha, author.

Title You are here : from the compass to GPS, the history and future of how we find ourselves / Hiawatha Bray.

Publication Info. New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]


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 East Hartford, Raymond Library - Adult Department  910.285 BRAY    Check Shelf
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  910.285 BRAY    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  912.09 BRAY    Check Shelf
 Simsbury Public Library - Non Fiction  910.285 BRAY    Check Shelf
 Southington Library - Adult  910.285 BRA    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  910.285 BRAY    Check Shelf
 Windsor, Main Library - Adult Department  910.285 BR    Check Shelf
Description xiii, 258 pages ; 25 cm
Contents The hard way -- The new wave -- Out for a spin -- In transit -- Found in space -- The accidental navigators -- Long shots -- A map of one's own -- Checking in -- On the spot.
Summary "The story of the rise of modern navigation technology, from radio location to GPS-and the consequent decline of privacy. What does it mean to never get lost? You Are Here examines the rise of our technologically aided era of navigational omniscience-or how we came to know exactly where we are at all times. In a sweeping history of the development of location technology in the past century, Bray shows how radio signals created to carry telegraph messages were transformed into invisible beacons to guide ships and how a set of rapidly-spinning wheels steered submarines beneath the polar ice cap. But while most of these technologies were developed for and by the military, they are now ubiquitous in our everyday lives. Our phones are now smart enough to pinpoint our presence to within a few feet-and nosy enough to share that information with governments and corporations. Filled with tales of scientists and astronauts, inventors and entrepreneurs, You Are Here tells the story of how humankind ingeniously solved one of its oldest and toughest problems-only to herald a new era in which it's impossible to hide."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-247) and index.
Subject Geographic information systems -- History.
Electronics in navigation -- History.
Geospatial data.
Global Positioning System.
SCIENCE / History.
HISTORY / Expeditions & Discoveries.
ISBN 9780465032853 (hardback)
0465032850 (hardback)
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