The Mapmakers

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Vintage Books, 2001 - History - 507 pages
In his classic text, two-time Pulitzer Prize—winner John Noble Wilford recounts the history of cartography from antiquity to the space age. With this revised edition, Wilford brings the story up to the present day, as he shows the impact of new technologies that make it possible for cartographers to go where no one has been before, from the deepest reaches of the universe (where astronomers are mapping time as well as space) to the inside of the human brain. These modern-day mapmakers join the many earlier adventurers–including ancient Greek stargazers, Renaissance seafarers, and the explorers who mapped the American West–whose exploits shape this dramatic story of human inventiveness and limitless curiosity.
 

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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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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

Contents

Two The Librarian Who Measured Earth
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roup The Topography of Myth and Dogma
40
five 1492
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six Mercator Squares the Circle
87
Yaki Point ſo
107
EIGHT The Family That Mapped France
132
N IN E John Harrisons Timepiece
152
Bright Angel Point
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six tº EN Radar Over the Amazon
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El Ghree N A Continent Beneath the Ice
312
NINE TEEN Mountains of the Sea
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Twº NTy Base Lines Across a Continent
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Bi B Lio GRAPH ic A I Not Es
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Ack Now LED GM ENTs 49 3
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John Noble Wilford is a science correspondent for The New York Times. He lives in New York.

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