Chapter 4

Numb3rs

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The chapter outlines that the human sense of equilibrium is based on a device located inside the ear that gives us feedback on gravity and motion. It can be easily tricked by a little centrifugal acceleration. Also, in the absence of visual clues, it can have flying happily into a tightening spiral into the ground. To overcome the shortcomings, one has to rely on instruments to tell how fast it is flying, in which direction, and which way is up. However, this means that most of the information that directly reaches the brain is only in the form of numbers. A good portion of the time spent by a student pilot in an airplane after the first few flights is generally spent learning the right numbers for the airplane. ...

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