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Mapping the Next Millennium: The Discovery of New Geographies Hardcover – February 11, 1992

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 477 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (February 11, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394576357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394576350
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,950,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The title's "new geographies" encompass the furthest reaches of the universe and the "landscape of the chromosome," regions made newly visible with such imaging tools as the computer, Voyager 2 satellite and other remote sensors. Most of these new maps are the purest of data images, constructed of information gathered in galactic surveys, from mathematicians' computers and in the laboratories of molecular biologists. In the last 20 years, having developed the means to make its concepts visible and therefore more accessible, science offers maps of a moon of Neptune, the mathematical constant pi and a crooked string of DNA. Hall ( Invisible Frontiers ) is a knowledgeable guide and fluid writer; his introductory and concluding considerations of the map as an extended "tool of thought" are fluent science writing. But the sheer range of the areas he investigates--chaos theory to neurology--may overreach the limits of his theme and the comprehension of many readers. Illustrations not seen by PW.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

In the spirit of John Noble Wilford's The Mapmakers ( LJ 4/15/81) in which he writes "an unmapped discovery is of little value to succeeding generations," this book celebrates the science of high - tech cartography. From maps of the ocean floor to the human genome, science writer Hall discusses, in 18 essays, how the frontiers of science are revealed in their graphic representations. The essays are arranged into four broad categories: "Planetary Landscapes, Ours and Others" "The Animate Landscape," "Probalistic Landscapes, Atomic and Mathematical" and "Astronomical and Cosmological Landscapes." While the individual topics vary, the focus on maps gives the collection a thematic continuity. Despite an occasional tendency to ramble, Hall conveys a genuine enthusiasm for maps of all kinds. Recommended for any library.
- Gregg Sapp, Montana State Univ. Libs., Bozeman
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barbara D'Angelo ( on August 7, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I only finished half of this book and then lost it!! I have tried to no avail to replace it so that I might continue reading it. Hall brings alive a topic (mapping) that one might not at first glance find interesting. He has a tremendous breadth of knowledge regarding astronomy, geology, biology, and imparts it with clear, concise examples. His ability to slice through so many diverse fields and tie everything together with the concept of mapping is truly astounding. I only hope I can locate another copy so that I might finish the book.
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