The Lost Art of Finding Our Way

April 25, 2013

Prof. John Huth has published a new book, The Lost Art of Finding Our Way  (Belknap, 2013).

Long before GPS, Google Earth, and global transit, humans traveled vast distances using only environmental clues and simple instruments. John Huth asks what is lost when modern technology substitutes for our innate capacity to find our way. Encyclopedic in breadth, weaving together astronomy, meteorology, oceanography, and ethnography, The Lost Art of Finding Our Way puts us in the shoes, ships, and sleds of early navigators for whom paying close attention to the environment around them was, quite literally, a matter of life and death. (From the Harvard University Press abstract).

For more information, see the publisher's page and read the Chronicle of Higher Education review.