The Mapmakers

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Vintage Books, 2001 - History - 507 pages
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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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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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User Review  - AlCracka - LibraryThing

I have to remember not to pick up books that look interesting without researching them. I wanted to like this so bad...but it's totally boring. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

John Noble Wilford is a science correspondent for The New York Times. He lives in New York.

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