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Harvard Professor: "The Lost Art of Finding Our Way" Navigate the Natural Way

7:00pm Author talk 
Free parking on Nantasket Ave along the beach
After the talk, we can sit by the fire (if we're lucky to get those seats) and chat or go to the Red Parrot

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John Edward Huth, "The Lost Art of Finding Our Way" 

Long before GPS, Google Earth, and global transit, humans traveled vast distances using only environmental clues and simple instruments. John Huth, Harvard University Donner Professor of Science, asks what is lost when modern technology substitutes for our innate capacity to find our way. In "Finding Our Way," Huth shows us how to navigate using natural phenomena - the way the Vikings used the sunstone to detect polarization of sunlight, Arab traders learned to sail into the wind, and Pacific islanders used underwater lightning and "read" waves to guide their explorations. Huth reminds us that we are all navigators capable of learning techniques ranging from the simplest to the most sophisticated skills of direction-finding. Still today, careful observation of the sun and moon tides and ocean currents, weather and atmospheric effects can be all we need to find our way.

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Bus Schedule from Quincy Center. 

5:50p Take the 220 bus from Quincy Center to Hingham Depot.

6:30p Connect with the 714 bus to Hull to arrive at 6:45.

http://mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/bus/routes/?route=220&direction=O&timing=W&RedisplayTime=Redisplay+Time

http://mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/private_bus/?loc=Hingham

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  • Noni

    I have given up - traffic at this hour is kind of taking the fun out of it. I'll plan better next time!

    January 9, 2014

  • karina

    aOne driving from cambridge/boston/somerville or by ANY T stop, pls?
    617)[masked]
    tnx-a-lot & happy nYear!!!!!!!!!

    January 9, 2014

  • Fay

    Oops, my phone number is[masked] if anyone could give me a ride part of the way. Thanks again.

    January 9, 2014

  • Fay

    Sorry, Grace, I didn't get your message till after 4:00 pm. I am in Copley Square right now and can get to JFK (Nonni) or take the bus from Quincy Center. Can someone give me a ride back to near Quincy if I can get to Hull by bus? Thanks so much.

    January 9, 2014

  • Fay

    I would love to go. Can I pitch in for gas, Grace? [masked]

    January 6, 2014

    • Grace K.

      Where do you live? I live in West Rox across from St Joseph cemetery.Let me now where you can meet me, I think we should hit the road around 4:15

      January 6, 2014

    • Grace K.

      Faye, I tried phoning you, your voice mail isn't working.

      January 8, 2014

  • Grace K.

    I have not heard from Fay or Linda Hill.
    If you want a ride to Hull tomorrow, please log in and post as comment to me.
    Grace

    January 8, 2014

  • Noni

    I'd be able to carpool from JFK station @ 5:30, if anyone wants to share a ride

    January 6, 2014

    • Suzanne S

      Thanks Noni for offering to share the ride.

      January 6, 2014

  • Grace K.

    I'll drive if the roads are clear.
    Linda, we can car pool if you wish. I live in West Roxbury so we are probably close to one another.

    January 4, 2014

    • Suzanne S

      Thanks Grace for offering to pick up carpoolers. Carpoolers, please chip in for gas.

      January 6, 2014

  • Linda H.

    I want to go so bad !! I don't no how to get there. No car only trains. I'll pay for gas if someone can help me out. [masked] Maybe we'll learn a new / old way to find our way home lol Hit me up

    January 1, 2014

    • Suzanne S

      I added directions by public transportation from Quincy Center.

      January 1, 2014

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