Big Picture Science – Time For a Map

by Gary Niederhoff on June 28, 2014

Big Picture Science – Time For a Map

It’s hard to get lost these days. GPS pinpoints your location to within a few feet. Discover how our need to get from A to B holds clues about what makes us human, and what we lose now that every digital map puts us at the center.

Plus, stories of animal navigation: how a cat found her way home across Florida, and the magnetic navigation systems used by salmon and sea turtles.

Also, why you’ll soon be riding in driverless cars. And, how to map our universe.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: John Bradshaw on cat navigation
Part 2: Kenneth Lohmann on how Salmon spawn
Part 3: Simon Garfield with a brief history of maps
Part 4: Seth and Molly and the Viking Sunstone
Part 5: Red Whittaker and driverless cars
Part 6: James Trefil and the Space Atlas

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