The Settlement of Polynesia: A Computer Simulation by Michael R. LevisonThe Settlement of Polynesia: A Computer Simulation by Michael R. Levison

The Settlement of Polynesia: A Computer Simulation

byMichael R. Levison, R. Gerard Ward, John W. Webb

Paperback | June 15, 1973

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The Settlement of Polynesia was first published in 1973. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

For two centuries people have argued about how the multitudinous islands of Polynesia, flung over some twelve million square miles of ocean and separated by hundreds of miles from the nearest continental coasts, came to be discovered and settled by a single people at a time when navigators of the "civilized" world scarcely ventured willingly beyond the sight of land. Much writing and research have focused attention on the subject in recent years. Now, in a new approach to the question, the authors of this volume report on their use of computer techniques to provide new answers to some of the problems that are central to the controversy.

The research project they report upon is of two-fold interest—first, for the light it throws on the riddle of the settlement of Polynesia, and, second, as an innovative demonstration of how computer technology may be applied to a wide variety of research in the social and physical sciences.

The authors devised a computer program which simulated Pacific voyaging in its many aspects and variations. Data about wind, currents, islands, and many other pertinent matters were incorporated in the program. Using this model they conducted experiments which showed the outcomes of hypothetical voyages representing many possible variations which real voyages might embrace. The authors describe the experiments and discuss the results and conclusions illustrating them with numerous maps and cartograms. Computer-drawn maps are included in an appendix.

John W. Webb was a professor of geography and associate dean for social sciences at the University of Minnesota.
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Title:The Settlement of Polynesia: A Computer SimulationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:June 15, 1973Publisher:University of Minnesota PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0816660506

ISBN - 13:9780816660506

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