Jim Carrier's e-book details the development and uses of GPS -- a technology no boater should take for granted.

Carrier's e-book covers the development of GPS -- a technology no boater should take for granted.



There's no question that the Global Positioning System has been and will continue to be one of the great, transformative technical achievements of the modern world. Its pervasiveness and influence are still growing by leaps and bounds. For a fascinating look at the development of GPS, its myriad uses today, and its future, you can now download Jim Carrier's e-book, Here We Are: The History, Meaning, and Magic of GPS.

Carrier is the author of 10 books. His writing has appeared in National Geographic, the New York Times, and many other publications. He has sailed his own boat, Ranger, across the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, where the ancient Greeks established the principles on which modern navigation is based.

A short excerpt from Carrier's book is reprinted below, with permission.  The whole e-book can be ordered (for $2.99) by clicking this link:

Here We Are: The History, Meaning, and Magic of GPS




In the Beginning, Sputnik Connected Heaven and Earth



“Listen now,” began a prescient NBC radio newscaster on Friday evening October 4, 1957, “for the sound that forevermore separates the old from the new.”

There followed the scratchy beep-beep of Sputnik.  All over the world, ham operators, lab technicians, and kids and their parents rigged up receivers.  On Monday, at the John Hopkin’s Applied Physics Lab in Maryland,