As a kid, there were stories I liked to hear over and over again. I guess it's not all that different as an adult: the story of how GPS came together is always an entertaining read. In “Pinpoint: How GPS is changing technology, culture, and our minds”, author Greg Milner gives this story a new spin, with a novel-like narrative and an extended list of familiar characters. Overall, a very interesting read that every geodesist deserves under its Christmas tree!
With the integration of GPS receivers in smartphones and in car navigation units, there are now millions of GPS users worldwide. Unfortunately, very few of them appreciate how GPS came together and how it provides user positions. With the aim of educating mass-market users, Dr. Pratap Misra wrote a new book entitled “GPS for Everyone: You are Here.”