In this vigorous history of maps and their creators, New York Times science writer John Noble Wilford recounts the accomplishments of dozens of cartographers from many cultures and times, among them Gerardus Mercator, Francis Beaufort, Charles Mason, and Jean Fernel. Ranging from ancient Chinese scrolls to the latest satellite images of distant planets, he renders a history full of "heroics and everyday routine, of personal and national rivalries, of influential mistakes and brilliant insights." He also reviews key scientific and technological advances that have accompanied the rise of modern maps, among them the development of fractal geometry, geosynchronous displays, remote sensing, and ever more accurate surveying instruments and techniques. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Besides giving you a lot of information this book is also very well written.
In the final chapters the book moves beyond the mapping of coast lines, cities and Earth itself, to mapping projects of Mars and the Universe itself.
That was a very lucky day as this is one of the most interesting books I have ever read.
Perhaps maps will be incomprehensible and irrelevant to the next generation of people raised on GPS and navigation system, but even when that sad day arrives this book will provide... Read morePublished on November 10, 2011 by Paul Suni
I read the original edition of this book -- several times. It's one of my favorite nonfiction books, ever. Read morePublished on April 22, 2011 by Ohioan
This is a great resource to give an entertaining and insightful look into the history of cartography. I highly recommend it.Published on May 3, 2010 by Troxl Miner
This book is excellent. It describes in amazing detail what it took to map our world. Read this book if your a fan of maps, interested in geography or are interested in some... Read morePublished on June 30, 2009 by Kenneth Rittenmeyer
Facisnating book, especially the ancient history and the posibility of Columbus knowing more about the New World than we may think (pp.72-76). Read morePublished on September 14, 2007 by OtherWorlds&Wisdom
Besides giving you a lot of information this book is also very well written. It feels like in the beginning of the book we have one big white sheet of paper and we have to get our... Read morePublished on April 10, 2007 by M. Buisman
This book is a history of map making, and hence a history of the world. Starting with the earliest known maps in Iraq in -2300 BCE, both the history of discovery of the world and... Read morePublished on October 1, 2006 by Gary Sprandel
I love giving people books as gifts. Last year, I gave this book to my father for Christmas. He seemed to really enjoy it, and this year he gave it back to me to read. Read morePublished on February 13, 2005 by mr sachmo