Logo - springer
Slogan - springer

Earth Sciences & Geography - Geographical Information Systems | Quo Vadis: Evolution of Modern Navigation - The Rise of Quantum Techniques

Quo Vadis: Evolution of Modern Navigation

The Rise of Quantum Techniques

Major, Fouad

2014, XI, 426 p. 169 illus., 2 illus. in color.

Available Formats:

Springer eBooks may be purchased by end-customers only and are sold without copy protection (DRM free). Instead, all eBooks include personalized watermarks. This means you can read the Springer eBooks across numerous devices such as Laptops, eReaders, and tablets.

You can pay for Springer eBooks with Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Paypal.

After the purchase you can directly download the eBook file or read it online in our Springer eBook Reader. Furthermore your eBook will be stored in your MySpringer account. So you can always re-download your eBooks.


(net) price for USA

ISBN 978-1-4614-8672-5

digitally watermarked, no DRM

Included Format: PDF and EPUB

download immediately after purchase

learn more about Springer eBooks

add to marked items


Hardcover version

You can pay for Springer Books with Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Paypal.

Standard shipping is free of charge for individual customers.


(net) price for USA

ISBN 978-1-4614-8671-8

free shipping for individuals worldwide

usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days

add to marked items

  • Provides a broad range of topics relevant to navigation and geographic position-finding, in an intuitive manner with minimum mathematical formalism
  • Presents the progress of navigation throughout history, which enhances the understanding of the main technical challenges to be solved going forward
  • Inclusive of extensive GPS technology coverage including receivers and applications
Quo Vadis: Evolution of Modern Navigation presents an intelligent and intelligible account of the essential principles underlying the design of satellite navigational systems—with introductory chapters placing them in context with the early development of navigational methods. The material is organized roughly as follows: the first third of the book deals with navigation in the natural world, the early history of navigation, navigating by the stars, precise mechanical chronometers for the determination of longitude at sea, and the development of precise quartz controlled clocks. Then, the reader is introduced to quantum ideas as a lead in to a discussion of microwave and optical interactions with atoms, atomic clocks, laser gyrocompasses, and time based navigation. The final third of the book deals with satellite-based systems, including orbit theory, early satellite navigation systems, and a detailed treatment of the Global Positioning System (GPS).
Intended for non-specialists with some knowledge of physics or engineering at the college level, this book covers in an intuitive manner a broad range of topics relevant to the evolution of surface and space navigation, with minimum mathematical formalism.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Ancient mariners - Atomic clocks - Fouad Major - GPS Satellite Orbital parameters - GPS book - Geodesy book - Geodetics book - Land-based navigational networks - Navigation Satellite constellations - Star navigation - Time-based navigation

Related subjects » Geographical Information Systems - Mechanical Engineering

Table of contents 

1. Navigation in Nature.- 2. The Early Navigators.- 3. Historical Background to Astronomy.- 4. Modern Astronomy.- 5. Navigation at Sea.- 6. The Longitude Problem.- 7. The Quartz Revolution.- 8. Classical Atomic Frequency Standards.- 9. Atomic and Molecular Oscillators.- 10. Field Confinement of Ions.- 11. Optical Frequency Oscillators: Lasers.- 12. The Gyrocompass.- 13. Radio Navigation.- 14. Satellite Navigation: GPS Space Segment.- 15. Satellite Navigation: GPS Control Segment.- 16. Satellite Navigation: GPS User Segment.- 17. Space Navigation.- 18. The Future of Navigation.

Popular Content within this publication 



Read this Book on Springerlink

Services for this book

New Book Alert

Get alerted on new Springer publications in the subject area of Geographical Information Systems / Cartography.