The Mapmakers: The Story of the Great Pioneers in Cartography - from Antiquity to the Space Age

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Pimlico, 2002 - Cartographers - 507 pages
An updated edition of the classic, much praised history of cartography. It traces the adventures, discoveries, and feats of technical ingenuity by which mapmakers, over the centuries, have succeeded in charting first the surface of the globe, then the earth's interior and the ocean floors, and finally the moon and the planets of our solar system. The author has added three new chapters, as well as many updates and amplifications, to reflect the great changes that have taken place in mapmaking in the past two decades. The Mapmakers will continue to be the definitive book on this fascinating subject.

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User Review  - dypaloh - LibraryThing

John Wilford Noble’s The Mapmakers is a terrific source of stories and information about famous mapmakers and the mapping techniques of the past. A good deal of the history is related through ... Read full review

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User Review  - librisissimo - LibraryThing

Contains lots of interesting information, more than I really needed about cartographic and surveying techniques. The early-age historical chapters were very informative, and the later modern-age ones ... Read full review


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John Noble Wilford is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning science correspondent for the New York Times. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998. He has worked for the Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, and, since 1965, the New York Times. He lives in Manhattan and Bellport, Long Island.

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