• by Greg Milner
  • Narrated by Eric Michael Summerer
  • 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Over the last 50 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 tells the sweeping story of GPS, from its conceptual origins as a bomb guidance system to its present ubiquity.
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 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 world.


What the Critics Say

"Funny, scary, and tremendously readable." (Andrew Blum, author of Tubes)


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This is not a book.

This is not a book. It is a series of articles related to navigation and eventually the GPS system that are stitched together rather clumsily. Several times while listening to the recording, I stopped and rewound thinking I had missed something. I could forgive all that if the scientific explanations and the historical explanations were more informative, but they were kind of general. I purchased this book because it was recommended by a science podcast, but I think it was recommended more based on its title and subject then on its content. It is a disappointment bordering on the waste of time.There is not much science here. The GPS system does deserve a decent treatment.
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- PatrickšŸ€

And engrossing and thorough history of GPS

I had no idea of how deep and how long the development of the modern GPS system Took them came about. This is an outstanding history of navigation and GPS. Absolutely recommended.
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- Dr. Jonathan L. Kramer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-03-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio