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Infinite Perspectives: Two Thousand Years of Three-Dimensional Mapmaking Hardcover – September 1, 1999


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  • Hardcover: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568981953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568981956
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 12.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,093,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From The New Yorker

Following 'An Atlas of Rare City Maps' and 'Bird's Eye Views' comes this stunning cartographic anthology that examines verticality in mapping from ancient Iraq to the twenty-first century. In these colorful pages, mountains and molehills bubble up in relief maps of Imperial Roman highways and Leonardo's Tuscany, while the dramatic contours of the Grand Canyon are captured in exquisitely accurate, eye-popping 3-D, courtesy of the futuristic Ambroziak Infinite Perspective Projection.

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"A couple of drop-dead gorgeous coffee-table books will appeal to those with an affinity for geography, exploration and art:" Infinite Perspectives: Two Thousand Years of Three-Dimensional Mapmaking, by Brian Ambroziak and Jeffrey Ambroziak (Princeton Architectural Press), is an impressive history of the art and science of "topographical representation." It includes some way-cool 3-D glasses for viewing the last 20 plates in the book, which take three-dimensional maps to a new level (including a you-are-there representation of a Mount St. Helen's map). -- The Seattle Times ARTS Sunday, December 12, 1999

"A rare combination of technology and a passion for making history come alive has produced a revolution in mapmaking. This is a book that anyone interested in history will read with fascination." -- Thomas Fleming, author of Liberty! The American Revolution

Excellent illustrations, images leap into dramatic relief. -- Choice, April 2000

Sophisticated and attractive. -- National Post, 3/11/00

The trajectory of techniques on display here is wonderful. -- Discover Magazine, April 2000

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The Ambroziaks have set new standards in the fascinating world of cartography. Masterfully written, and including spectacular topological representations, this book is a must-have for anyone interested in maps. The Infinite Perspective three-dimensional technology is second-to-none. A book for people of all ages!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Peter H. Gruen on October 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My children and I spent hours staring at the map of the Grand Canyon in 3-D and the other facinating maps. The book comes with a large poster of the Canyon that is hung prominently on my son's wall and is a focal point to all his friends. I heartily recommend this book to all 3-D fans
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. McCarty on January 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Those who are expecting just another coffee-table book with a few magnificent photographs, are in for a most pleasant surprise.
From the first page, this work brilliantly illuminates mans' struggle to comprehend the subtleties of his world. Some of the most elegant illustrations depict the fantastically abstract manner that various cultures have used to navigate the sea and to map the ground. Of course, the real intrigue of this book derives from the extraordinary three-dimensional photographs that the authors produced and liberally provided--from San Francisco to the Grand Canyon and on to Mars.
For those who trudge through concrete and steel all too often, the Ambroziaks have provided welcome repose with a new lens on creation and all of its grandeur.
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