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Problem with Early Navigation Tools

Ryan Nagelhout

ISBN 10: 1482427761 / ISBN 13: 9781482427769
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Title: Problem with Early Navigation Tools


Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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Its fascinating to think about how people ever found their way around. For instance, how did people navigate hundreds or even thousands of years ago? They likely didnt ask for directions, as they were all alone trying to explore uncharted territory. Weve come a long way with navigation tools, whether its simply following a map or something a bit more advanced. Readers discover the history of navigation, from using the sun or stars to help find the way to advanced technology like GPS. This book demonstrates how important it is to learn from the mistakes and wrong turnsonly bloopers and follies have helped us develop reliable methods to find our way home!

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Gr 2-4-Though he embeds some humorous missteps-each headed with an eye-catching "OOPS!"-into this set of reasonably coherent highlight reel-style accounts of how selected technological developments got their starts, Nagelhout makes more than a few problematic choices. Characterizing Otto Lilienthal's fatal crash and the Hindenburg disaster in Early Flying Machines as "bloopers" seems fatuous, for instance. Other entries seem shoehorned in, such as the abacus (accompanied by text describing the practice of counting on fingers as an "OOPS!"). Moreover, the author phones in a history of photography in Early Cameras, commenting that the first Kodak film was made from "something called cellulose" and quaintly warning that "if you lose a memory card or your computer breaks, you could lose all your digital photos." VERDICT Though readers hoping for disaster-centric edutainment will be disappointed, these histories do offer good overviews of their subjects, with a well-chosen mix of period photos and labeled diagrams to illustrate each high (or low) point.α(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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