Pinpoint: How GPS Is Changing Technology, Culture, and Our Minds

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.4 X 1.1 X 9.5 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author

Greg Milner is a senior contributing writer and columnist for Spin magazine. His work also appears in Slate, Salon, the Village Voice, Wired, and other publications. He is the author of Perfecting Sound Forever.


Milner is a brisk and funny guide.--Konstantin Kakaes (04/28/2016)
[A] welcome guide to where [GPS] came from, what it does and where it might be taking us.--Damian Whitworth
[A] suitably precise and fascinating account of the modern evolution of [GPS]... Milner expertly deconstructs the implications of this monumental shift in human life.--Tim Adams
An informative yarn.--James Anthony
A deeply researched book with fascinating interludes... [Milner] explains the technological principles lucidly.--Stephen Poole
GPS guides our world. Here at last is the amazing and well-told story of where it came from, how it works, and where it--and we--are going.--Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb
Remarkably engaging... [T]he best business book about technology this year.--James Surowiecki (04/28/2016)
[A] joy to read... It will be a strong contender for my science book of 2016.--Clive Cookson (04/28/2016)
One of the most mesmerizing and exhilarating, yet alarming modern technology books... By any standards, it is an extraordinary tale.--Gillian Tett (04/28/2016)
[A] compelling exploration of how GPS became so ubiquitous--and what we lose when it's all we know of navigation.--Matthew Daddona (04/28/2016)
In this startling and persuasive book, American journalist Greg Milner shows how [GPS] saturates our existence... [Milner] suggests that GPS is as potent and pervasive a force as the Internet - if much less well understood.--James McConachie
Seldom have I learned so much so effortlessly. . . . Every page was a treasure-house of fascinations: my temptation after finishing was to begin the book all over again, there being so much to absorb, all of it crucially important to understanding our world's dependence on one of modern civilization's new-made fundamentals.-- (04/28/2016)
No technology has transformed the human landscape so completely, yet been taken for granted so quickly, as GPS. The reason that brains are so good at storing maps is because the brain is a map, and our collective internal map is now migrating somewhere else. Greg Milner's Pinpoint is a fascinating chronicle of how this happened and why--captured before the details had a chance to escape.-- (04/28/2016)
[A]ssured technological history.--Books in brief (04/28/2016)
Through a multitude of examples--from Polynesian navigation to precision agriculture to the U.S. military--the world according to GPS emerges, and with it a new way to understand our own sense of place and time... Milner's detailed examples will leave you questioning the ways in which GPS has infiltrated our lives.-- (04/28/2016)
Dramatically illustrating just what the GPS might be taking from the human race, Milner recounts the feats of early Polynesian seafarers who traversed wide Pacific expanses guided by nothing but their dauntless minds. . . . [A] fascinating probe into an increasingly ubiquitous technology.-- (04/28/2016)