Cover: From Here to There: The Art and Science of Finding and Losing Our Way, from Harvard University PressCover: From Here to There in HARDCOVER

From Here to There

The Art and Science of Finding and Losing Our Way

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$29.95 • £23.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674244573

Publication Date: 05/12/2020


304 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

26 illus.

Belknap Press

North America only

At the heart of this book is a detailed account of the neuroscience of navigation. It is fascinating… Ultimately, ‘we are spatial beings’ and [From Here to There] skillfully and at times movingly makes the case for how deeply that is true.The Sunday Times

Bond guides readers through the neurological research and anecdotal tales that show how the brain supplies the equipment upon which our species has built its wayfinding skills… He concludes that, by setting aside our GPS devices, by redesigning parts of our cities and play areas, and sometimes just by letting ourselves get lost, we can indeed revivify our ability to find our way, to the benefit of our inner world no less than the outer one.—Lawrence Rosen, Science

[An] absorbing exploration of the intersection of neuroscience and geography.—Brian Bethune, Maclean’s

Fascinating… Makes a compelling case that our ancient abilities to get from A to B aren’t just a matter of geography… Bond is not only interested in how we find our way, but also in how we get lost and how it affects us.New Statesman

One of the most fascinating books I have read for a long while… If you want to understand what rats can teach us about better-planned cities, why walking into a different room can help you find your car keys, or how your brain’s grid, border, and speed cells combine to give us a sense of direction, this book has all the answers.The Scotsman

An excellently researched popular science book which explains how people—including experienced travelers—get lost, and why some individuals have superior navigational skills than others.The Spectator

A thoroughly engaging book, essential reading for anyone who regularly spends time outdoors or wishes to better understand how our brains make sense of the spatial cues in the diverse environments which we pass through.Ridgeline Images

A fascinating exploration of how we learn to find our way as children and how we may risk unlearning it from lack of use thanks to GPS or from the damage of Alzheimer’s Disease. Through that arc of life, Bond explores the different ways we think about finding our way and what parts of the brain are likely to be involved… Illuminating.Tonstant Weader Reviews

A scientifically rich look at how humans manage to get around in the world.Kirkus Reviews

Fascinating… He explains why people don’t get lost more often, how brains makes ‘cognitive maps,’ and how an ‘understanding of the world around us affects our psychology and behavior.’ …Adventure-loving readers will be richly rewarded.Publishers Weekly

An important book that reminds us that navigation remains one of our most underappreciated arts.—Tristan Gooley, author of The Natural Navigator

A fascinating excursion into the very nature of exploration. Absorbing stuff, for armchair travelers and rough ’n’ tough adventurers alike.—Benedict Allen, explorer and presenter in Expedition Africa, Unbreakable, and Travellers’ Century

In the modern world of road signs and GPS, it is easy to ignore our natural navigational instincts. I hope this book will inspire people to explore and experiment with those abilities, for if they do, they will be in for a wonderful surprise.—Robin Knox-Johnston, winner of the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race as the first person to sail single-handed and non-stop around the world

A fascinating and engaging look at how we navigate, from the first humans to modern-day hikers zombified by overuse of GPS. Bond has collected in one place many of the important studies on wayfinding, with riveting anecdotes of real situations where life or death hangs in the balance.—John Huth, author of The Lost Art of Finding Our Way

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