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The Lost Art of Finding Our Way
May 13, 2014
12th Annual Paul D. Bartlett, Sr. Lecture
May 13, 2014 in the Linda Hall Library Main Reading Room.
Dr. John Huth, Donner Professor of Science, Department of Physics, Harvard University
Long before GPS, Google Earth, and global transit, humans traveled vast distances using only environmental clues and simple instruments. John Huth asks what is lost when modern technology substitutes for our innate capacity to find our way. Weaving together astronomy, meteorology, oceanography, and ethnography, Dr. Huth puts us in the shoes, ships, and sleds of early navigators for whom paying close attention to the environment around them was, quite literally, a matter of life and death.
The Linda Hall Library Bartlett Lecture is presented in association with the Yale Club of Kansas City, the Harvard/Radcliffe Club of Kansas City, and the Princeton Alumni Association of Greater Kansas City, and with generous support from Marilyn and Jim Hebenstreit and Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Bartlett, Jr.