Mapmakers

ISBN-10: 0375708502
ISBN-13: 9780375708503
Edition: 2000 (Revised)
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/4/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.15" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

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.

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.

Preface
Preface to the Revised Edition
The Map Idea
The Librarian Who Measured Earth
First Principles by Ptolemy
The Topography of Myth and Dogma
1492
Mercator Squares the Circle
The Matter of a Degree
The Family That Mapped France
John Harrison's Timepiece
Surveyors of Sea and Shore
Soldiers, Pundits, and the India Survey
Mapping America: The Boundary Makers
Mapping America: Westward the Topographers
Meters, Meridians, and a New World Map
The Winged Mappers
Radar Over the Amazon
Deep Horizons
A Continent Beneath the Ice
Mountains of the Sea
Base Lines Across a Continent
Geodesy from Space
Mapping from Space
Dynamic Maps: A New Geography
Extraterrestrial Mapping: The Moon
Extraterrestrial Mapping: Mars
Cosmic Cartographers
Epilogue at Bright Angel
Bibliographical Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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