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Shows the desperate vulnerabilities in the system we now use to predict the weather track prisoners and land airplanes Delving into the neuroscience of cognitive maps and spatial recognition Milner’s inventive and timely book is at once a grand history of the scientific urge toward precision and perfection and a revelatory philosophy of how humans understand themselves in the worl Good start but stalled Try againOr not I read some of the critical reviews here and at and I think I ll call it good The author is no expert and made some dumb mistakes and sillynonsensical extrapolations Or so others think Life is Short Books are Many The Mission Primer the desperate vulnerabilities in Tao Te Ching: A New English Version the system we now use Decorum to predict Zen Doodle Unleashed the weather Thick track prisoners and land airplanes Delving into DIGIGRA sexy gravure vol395 yua kuramochi the neuroscience of cognitive maps and spatial recognition Milner’s inventive and Folk Shawls timely book is at once a grand history of Why Knock Rock? the scientific urge Fiction Writers Workshop toward precision and perfection and a revelatory philosophy of how humans understand Witch, Please (Not Your Basic Witch themselves in Fabricate the worl Good start but stalled Try againOr not I read some of First & Then the critical reviews here and at and I Painting Garden Birds with Sherry C. Nelson (Decorative Painting) think I ll call it good The author is no expert and made some dumb mistakes and sillynonsensical extrapolations Or so others Ella Puede! think Life is Short Books are Many

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Pinpoint

In the tradition of The Information and The Shallows Pinpoint tells the story of GPS and how it is affecting our brains our technology and our cultureOver the last fifty years humanity has developed an extraordinary shared utility the Global Positioning System Omnipresent free and available to all GPS powers everything from your phone to the Internet to the Mars Rover Greg Milner te I found this book at a bazaar I had never heard of it before but I bought it anyway As someone who s working with GPS I thought the book might be interesting I ve read a lot of articles about how GPS is bad which frankly infuriates me and I thought this book would be or less the same Especially after reading the blurb about how GPS might be altering our brains but what technology isn t I expected some GPS bashing and shamingI was pleasantly surprised to find how accurate the book is Granted there are some minor inaccuracies that don t sit well with me eg I wouldn t call an ellipsoid as irregular geoid definitely is though And don t get me started on map projections But overall the book is a great introduction to the world of GPS However I wish there were explanations about the other global navigation satellite systems like GLONASS Most receivers including your smartphones can receive signals from both GPS and GLONASS and even signals from other systems so I don t see why the book exclusively talks about GPSI think Mr Milner did an excellent job of explaining the many interesting applications of GPS GPS is than just the blue dot that tells you where you are and where to find the nearest bookstore and insisting that you should turn right even though right is a river There are so many uses of it that most people are not aware of such as helping beet farmers studying earthuakes monitoring volcanoes or climate studies I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know about GPS

review Pinpoint

Lls the sweeping story of GPS from its conceptual origins as a bomb guidance system to its present ubiuity While GPS has revolutionized methods of timekeeping navigation and seismological prediction it has also altered human behavior introducing phenomena such as “Death by GPS” in which drivers blindly follow their devices into deserts lakes and impassable mountains Milner also GPS is woven into the society of modern life to an astounding degree much than I realized It doesn t just keep track of location it also regulates time The importance of GPS is definitely on par with the internet Many have suggested that the way we interact with the internet may be changing our brains and the same may be true for GPS Greg Milner s book provides a fascinating history of the development of the GPS technology Apparently the Air Force couldn t imagine a good use for it which is just mind blowing Reason We already have a navigation system It also points out the rather alarming insecurities in the systemThere is so much in this book than what I ve outlined above It s a fascinating read and I d honestly recommend it to anyone who uses GPS Which is pretty much everybody at this point I never realized how ubiuitous the technology is and how we re using even when we think we re notI received an ARC of this book through a Goodreads giveaway


10 thoughts on “Pinpoint

  1. says:

    This is not the history of the GPS project or at least not much Instead it is a punch drunk weave of examples attempting to convince

  2. says:

    I found this book at a bazaar I had never heard of it before but I bought it anyway As someone who's working with GPS I thought the book might be interesting I've read a lot of articles about how GPS is bad which frankly infuriates me

  3. says:

    Mostly a waste of time The beginning on Polynesian navigation was fascinating as was the description toward the end of uses for earth sciences plate tectonics earthuakes volcanoes and space But everything in the middle is pretty boring

  4. says:

    GPS is woven into the society of modern life to an astounding degree—much than I realized It doesn’t just keep track of location

  5. says:

    35 starsThe effective thesis of this book is that GPS is really really important It's not as silly or overaggrandized as it sounds—and which is proved by all the detail in here—but the problem is there's nothing sexy about GPS So

  6. says:

    A surprisingly good book that I picked on a whim It delves into an amazing array of subjects such as Geology Geodesy Meteo

  7. says:

    This is a fascinating look at how GPS has come to be such a vital part of our modern world and I definitely learned a lot about the technology

  8. says:

    Enjoyable accessible science writing This book filled in plenty of gaps in my knowledge that I didn't know were there My personal interest in any given chapter's subject matter was hit or miss; I would have loved to read about the cultural changes resulting from so many individuals carrying GPS enabled devices around We learn uite a bit about the ethics and legality of law enforcement using GPS to track individuals but that cha

  9. says:

    Good start but stalled Try againOr not I read some of the critical reviews here and at and I think I'll call it good The author is no

  10. says:

    As someone always concerned about privacy while at the same time wanting to utilize the latest in technology I found this book to be a fascinating and enlightening read The ethics of GPS as regards privacy and Fourth Amendment rights had been something that had long been bothering me and I was happy that Milner covered the topic in this bookThe author takes readers on a journey through the beginning of how hum

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