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Rhumb lines and map wars : a social history of the Mercator projection

Author: Mark S Monmonier
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2004.
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"In Rhumb Lines and Map Wars, Mark Monmonier offers an illustrated account of the controversies surrounding Flemish cartographer Gerard Mercator's legacy. He takes us back to 1569, when Mercator announced a clever method of portraying the earth on a flat surface, creating the first projection to take into account the earth's roundness. As Monmonier shows, mariners benefited most from Mercator's projection, which  Read more...
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Monmonier, Mark S.
Rhumb lines and map wars.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2004
(DLC) 2003027614
(OCoLC)53954188
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mark S Monmonier
ISBN: 9780226534329 0226534324
OCLC Number: 690162717
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 242 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Bearings straight? an introduction --
Early sailing charts --
Mercator's résumé --
Revealing replicas --
The Wright approach --
Travelers' aide --
Soldiering on --
On track --
Wall maps and worldviews --
Size matters --
Points of view.
Responsibility: Mark Monmonier.

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An account of the controversies surrounding Flemish cartographer Gerard Mercator's legacy examines the limitations and uses of Mercator's clever method of portraying the earth on a flat surface while  Read more...

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