Quo Vadis: Evolution of Modern Navigation

The Rise of Quantum Techniques

Authors: Major, Fouad

  • 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
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About this book

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.

About the authors

Dr Fouad Major was a student of Hans Georg Dehmelt, Nobel Prize winner (with Ramsey) in 1989, and was the first physicist to proves experimentally the capability of an atomic clock with ions stocked in a radio-electric quadripolar trap. He is an expert on atomic clocks and author of The Quantum Beat (Springer, 2007).

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“The book documents well the tremendous advances in navigation from the time of the Phoenicians and provides a good review of how navigation has evolved in nature … and in human exploration. Major explains the workings of the instrumentation that scientists and engineers invented for this purpose. … The book contains good references and illustrations … . Summing Up: Recommended. General readers and undergraduate students.” (N. Sadanand, Choice, Vol. 51 (9), May, 2014)


Table of contents (18 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Quo Vadis: Evolution of Modern Navigation
Book Subtitle
The Rise of Quantum Techniques
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-8672-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-8672-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-8671-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-4196-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 426
Number of Illustrations and Tables
167 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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