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Publisher Description

A concise history of GPS, from its military origins to its commercial applications and ubiquity in everyday life.

GPS is ubiquitous in everyday life. GPS mapping is standard equipment in many new cars, and geolocation services are embedded in smart phones. GPS makes Uber and Lyft possible; driverless cars won't be able to drive without it. In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Paul Ceruzzi offers a concise history of GPS, explaining how a once-obscure space technology became an invisible piece of our infrastructure, as essential to modern life as electric power or clean water.

GPS relays precise time and positioning information from orbiting satellites to receivers on the ground, at sea, and in the air. It operates worldwide, and its basic signals are free, although private companies can commodify the data provided. Ceruzzi recounts the origins of GPS and its predecessor technologies, including early aircraft navigation systems and satellites. He describes the invention of GPS as a space technology in the post-Apollo, pre-Space Shuttle years and its first military and commercial uses. Ceruzzi explains how the convergence of three major technological developments - the microprocessor, the Internet, and cellular telephony - enabled the development and application of GPS technology.

GENRE
Nonfiction
NARRATOR
SBD
Stephen Bel Davies
LENGTH
04:18
hr min
RELEASED
2019
March 12
PUBLISHER
Ascent Audio
LANGUAGE
EN
English
SIZE
134.7
MB

Customer Reviews

Madly Oh ,

No Thrills Historical Entanglement

This is an essential book on a topic that many take for granted. It doesn’t go in depth of the math and how GPS works, but gives a generational overview of how it’s become the world wide system that created the modern world.