Navigation in the Age of Robinson Crusoe

Jamie Bolker

Illustration from the ciphering book of Stephen Jenkins, 1823. Photo courtesy of the author.

As NPR reported in February, the US Navy wants to bring back the practice of celestial navigation, the antiquated art relying on complex calculations that has been handily replaced by GPS technology.  Since electronically assisted navigation over land and sea (and space) has become the norm, it is easy to forget how difficult traveling from point A to B was in centuries past. Read more

Museums for $400, Alex!

& Paula Richter, Curator for Exhibitions and Research

At the risk of revealing too many details about my personal life outside of the work place, I will admit to being an unabashed fan of the game show Jeopardy.  My family watched so frequently when I was growing up that the theme song is one of the first tunes I remember singing. Singing as a child has now morphed into steadfast opinions as an adult viewer. I can tell you that betting big is usually the way to go, bouncing around categories drives me crazy, and Kids Week is absolutely adorable, but Celebrity Jeopardy is always the best because the questions are easy but not too easy.

I admit all of this to provide a backdrop for the evening of June 7th, when I received a text from my aunt, who lives in upstate New York where Jeopardy airs a half an hour earlier, telling me to make sure I tuned in. In case you missed it, PEM was, however briefly, the star of episode #7317


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