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    Re: The Human Art of Way Finding
    From: Richard B. Langley
    Date: 2013 Apr 2, 16:09 -0300

    I have already ordered a copy for the UNB Libraries.
    -- Richard Langley
    On 2013-04-02, at 4:06 PM, John H wrote:
    > I heard my name taken here.    
    > I was kind of reluctant to discuss this, as Frank was rather scathing in his 
    review.  I didn't want to do a rewrite of Lagan's Barefoot Navigator.  I also 
    didn't want to repeat Tristan Gooley's The Natural Navigator, which is a bit 
    of a reprise of Gatty's Finding Your Way Without Map and Compass.   The goal 
    was to a) accompany the course I teach and b) to have more of an historical 
    > I chose Frank as one of the reviewers primarily because I knew he'd be harsh 
    (which he was).   Part of this was that I was nervous about getting certain 
    historical details correct.   In the acknowledgements, I give ample credit to 
    NavList and Frank in particular, along with David Burch, who I also credit 
    with doing a lot of good work that inspired me. David was very encouraging in 
    this project and helped me out a lot with many details - a lot of these come 
    from his book Emergency Navigation, which I also credit a lot in my book.  
    The other reviewer was a specialist in the anthropology of Oceania, who was 
    very encouraging, but was also helpful to point out many bits that I needed 
    to straighten out.  
    > Personally, I think it's a better book than Frank's review, but I'm taking a 
    larger view of navigation, and of course I'm biased in favor of the material 
    - why I chose it in the first place.   We don't discuss wave piloting in the 
    Pacific Islands in NavList, but this is a form of navigation, as is the use 
    of wind compasses.   Figuring ocean currents is important in dead reckoning, 
    so I have a chapter on ocean currents.   Leeway is also an important issue in 
    navigation, and I discuss the fluid dynamics associated with sails and some 
    of the historical development of sails.   
    > It's certainly *not* a Raft Book, but I find that Gatty's material leaves a lot to be desired.  
    > I don't want to pick any fight here, but I think it's a good book, and worth 
    taking a look at.   It's just not a Raft Book.  
    > There will be reviews coming out from other sources - e.g. there's one 
    coming out from the Journal of Higher Education fairly soon.   If there is 
    any outside chance that someone might be interested in the book, I'd 
    encourage you to look at those reviews before passing judgement.  
    > Thanks.
    > John Huth
    > On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 12:52 PM, �rjan Sandstr�m  wrote:
    > ah, too bad, sounded good, just goes to show, if it sounds to good to be true...
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    | Richard B. Langley                            E-mail: lang---.ca         |
    | Geodetic Research Laboratory                  Web: http://www.unb.ca/GGE/ |
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