Finding North

How Navigation Makes Us Human
Product Number: EB00627115
Released: May 10, 2016
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
ISBN: #9781250053893
Publisher: Flatiron Books
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Description

Navigation is the key human skill. It's something we do everywhere, whether feeling our way through a bedroom in the dark, or charting a ship's course. But how does navigation affect our brains, our memory, ourselves? Blending scientific research and memoir, and written in beautiful prose, Finding North starts with a quest by the author to understand this most basic of human skills-and why it's in mortal peril. In 1844, Foy's great-great grandfather, captain of a Norwegian cargo ship, perished at sea after getting lost in a snowstorm. Foy decides to unravel the mystery surrounding Halvor Michelsen's death-and the roots of his own obsession with navigation-by re-creating his ancestor's trip using only period instruments. Beforehand, he meets a colorful cast of characters to learn whether men really have better directional skills than women, how cells, eels, and spaceships navigate; and how tragedy results from GPS glitches. He interviews a cabby who has memorized every street in London, sails on a Haitian cargo sloop, and visits the site of a secret navigational cult in Greece. At the heart of Foy's story is this fact: navigation and the brain's memory centers are inextricably linked. As Foy unravels the secret behind Halvor's death, he also discovers why forsaking our navigation skills in favor of GPS may lead not only to Alzheimers and other diseases of memory, but to losing a key part of what makes us human.

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Original Publish Date: May 10, 2016

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CD
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Narrator(s): Tom Zingarelli
Product Number DD24587
Released: May 10, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781515900160
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Narrator(s): Tom Zingarelli
Product Number Z100114820
Released: May 10, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781515920168

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