Navigation and the Magnetic Sense

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1981 Human Navigation and the Magnetic Sense 1989
English (UK)
These two books span over a decade of research by the author and his team from the University of Manchester, England. Beginning on groups of British students, the studies extended to include many ages and nationalities, including specialist groups such as nudists, orienteers, dyslexics and trans-equatorial travellers. By the time the studies ended, thousands of people had taken part. Other species had also been studied – horses, mice and moths – and the results for all were exciting. They were also controversial, and the arguments they triggered vitriolic. English (UK)
English (USA)
From ancient hunter-gatherer to modern city dweller, all humans have needed to find their way from place to place without becoming lost. Yet through most of humankind’s evolutionary history the only map was in the head and the only compasses in the world around. These were provided by the sun, moon and stars – and something else. Research at Manchester University led in 1980 to the claim in the journal Science that during ‘natural’ navigation humans can also use an innate subconscious sense of magnetism. The claim was novel – to some scientists unjustified – and in the years that followed triggered intense argument as experiments were repeated and extended.
Human Navigation and Magnetoreception remains the most complete book ever written on the subject of the human magnetic sense. Aimed at scientists, it presents detailed evidence in support of its conclusions and explains how humans might use this sense in their natural explorations. Within its pages, all of the major points of scientific contention are discussed openly and objectively. The result is a fascinating insight not only into a little-known sense but also into the way that new ideas are conceived, developed, tested and contested.