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100 1  Foy, George,|eauthor. 
245 10 Finding north :|bhow navigation makes us human /|cGeorge 
       Michelsen Foy. 
250    First edition. 
264  1 New York :|bFlatiron Books,|c[2016] 
300    viii, 291 pages ;|c22 cm 
336    text|btxt|2rdacontent 
337    unmediated|bn|2rdamedia 
338    volume|bnc|2rdacarrier 
504    Includes bibliographical references (pages 417-439) 
505 0  Fear -- The Stavanger Paquet -- Birds, memory, and London 
       taxis -- Modeling Halvor -- At the shrine of the 
       navigation gods -- The "exploration" gene -- Adventures in
       the GPS trade -- Stellar screw-up -- Sex and navigation --
       Bad latitude -- Colorado : the dark heart of GPS -- 
       Searching the chart -- Odysseus in Haiti -- Launch -- The 
       downside of cybernav -- At sea -- Navigate or die? -- The 
       sail, and the story of the sail -- The politics of 
       navigation -- Halvor's wedding -- Finding north. 
520    "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"--
       |cProvided by publisher. 
600 10 Foy, George|xFamily. 
600 10 Michelson, Halvor,|d-1844|xDeath and burial. 
600 10 Foy, George|xTravel. 
650  0 Navigation|xHistory. 
650  0 Navigation|xPsychological aspects|xHistory. 
650  0 Navigation|xSocial aspects|xHistory. 
650  0 Ocean travel. 
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 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  629.045 FOY    RECENTLY RETURNED