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    Re: Do you know this book?
    From: Patrick Goold
    Date: 2011 Jan 29, 10:37 -0500

    Thanks for your comments, George!


    Here is what I am looking for.  I am feeling my way around a collection of ideas.  Some of the central members of this set: rationality, reason, judgment, wisdom, enlightenment, autonomy.   Big ideas doing a lot of work for philosophers but in my view inadequately theorized.  A focus is required, a model in which one can describe the phenomena in detail and with a measure of completeness.  I propose to take seamanship, the navigation of a vessel from port to port across open ocean, as the model.  My main inspiration: COGNITION IN THE WILD by Edwin Hutchins.  (Do you know this book?  I recommend it.)   The history and cultural context of navigation become crucial to the  inquiry.   Hutchins contrasts Polynesian and European navigation.  He has little to say about historical development.  His account is pre-GPS.   I want to fill out the picture with more early history, some acquaintance with the state of the art, a wider cultural experience. And detail, detail, detail.  Is that a closer definition of my interest?  Probably not.  But there it is.  I took a stab at it.


    Best regards,



    On Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 11:45 AM, George Huxtable <george@hux.me.uk> wrote:
    Patrick asked for information about the book "Navigation", (2003) by B.
    Hofmass- Wellnhof et al, as follows-

    "My interest in celestial navigation is part of a philosophical interest in
    the concept of navigation very broadly conceived.  I came across the book
    (see below) that, f it does what the publisher says it does, would be very
    useful to me.  But it is pricey and I have no independent information about
    it.  I was wondering if anyone of you had knowledge of this book and could
    give me a quick review."


    Here, I have to state that I haven't read, or seen, the book that Patrick
    is interested in.

    If he makes his way to the following web address-
    that will take him to the book's foreword and contents-list, which should
    tell him a bit more.

    As Patrick will realise, the subject of navigation has been turned on its
    head in the last 30 years or so, in that the traditional methods that
    interest this list have been superceded by electronic technology. The
    authors of this volume appears to relate entirely to this modern
    background, as indeed will be the case with most contemporary works about
    navigation. They seem to be Austrian geodesists from University of Graz. A
    landlocked country, as Austria is, would not be expected to reflect any
    great maritime tradition, though that was not the case with the
    Austro-Hungarian Empire of a couple of centuries ago.

    If the historical side of navigation is of interest, there's only a 10-page
    chapter on that topic, written by Herbert Lichtenegger, a name that's
    unfamiliar to me in terms of maritime history.

    If Patrick defines his interests in navigational reading a bit more
    closely, this list may well be able to point him in a better direction (or
    more likely, if I know this list, in several contradictory directions).


    contact George Huxtable, at  george{at}hux.me.uk
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.

     *Navigation **[Paperback]***

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    *Product Description*

    Global navigation satellite systems like GPS or the future European Galileo
    are influencing the world of navigation tremendously. Today, everybody is
    concerned with navigation even if unaware of this fact. Therefore, the
    interest in navigation is increasing. This book provides an encyclopedic
    view of navigation. Fundamental elements are presented for a better
    understanding of the techniques, methods, and systems used in positioning
    and guidance. The book is divided into three parts. Besides a historical
    review and maps, the first part covers mathematical and physical
    fundamentals. The second part treats the methods of positioning including
    terrestrial, celestial, satellite-based, inertial, image-based, and
    integrated navigation. Routing and guidance are the main topics of the
    part. Applications on land, at sea, and in the air are considered. The book
    is designed for students, teachers, and people interested in entering the
    complex world of navigation.

    *Product Details*

      - *Paperback:* 420 pages
      - *Publisher:* Springer; 1 edition (October 2, 2003)
      - *ISBN-10:* 3211008284
      - *ISBN-13:* 978-3211008287

    Best regards,
    Dr. Patrick Goold
    Department of Philosophy
    Virginia Wesleyan College
    Norfolk, VA 23502
    757 455 3357
    * Charles
    "Love the World -- and stay inside it."

    Dr. Patrick Goold
    Department of Philosophy
    Virginia Wesleyan College
    Norfolk, VA 23502
    757 455 3357

    Charles Olson: "Love the World -- and stay inside it."

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