“What skills have we lost when modern technology substitutes for our innate ability to find our own way? John Huth teaches courses in ‘primitive navigation’ and argues that we’re all capable of learning techniques to find our way – from the most simple to the most sophisticated skills – it just takes practice. His new book uncovers all sorts of ways to navigate using natural phenomena – like reading the stars, the wind and the waves, in the manner of the Vikings or Arab Traders.”
John Huth is an experimental physicist at Harvard University. His current work involves exploration of the Higgs boson through experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Huth also conducts research and teaches on the topic of aboriginal navigation among Polynesian seafaring people, and Norse feats of navigation in the North Atlantic. His recent book is titled, The Lost Art of Finding Our Way (2013).