The Mapmakers

The MapmakersWho Hasn T Been Fascinated By The Names On A Map, Or Stopped A Spinning Globe With Their Finger Humans Still Long To Discover What Maps Can Tell Us About Ourselves, And The Potential They Hold To Tell Us About The Rest Of The UniverseIn A New Introduction Simon Garfield, Bestselling Author Of On The Map Why The World Looks The Way It Does, Describes The Mapmakers As A Magisterial Sweep Of Cartographic Wonders , And Speaks Of The Joy John Noble Wilford Takes In These Stories Of Discovery This is a fascinating book on the history of cartography, and written at exactly the right level for an interested layperson with a decent general education The information is dense without being impenetrable.I learned a ton of interesting facts, was frequently surprised by the order in which things happened and how much technology had been developed at certain time periods, and it explains some concepts of cartography that I vaguely remembered from elementary school so that I finally understood them this time.My only complaint isn t much of one it s so thorough, and covers such a huge span of time, that I was only reading about ten pages at a time Thus,
Although I d read many books about explorers and exploration of the earth, I d never read anything before specifically about cartography, i.e the mapping of the planet This book, arranged chronologically and thematically, handles it all, from the ancient Sumerians to the initial charting of Mars The a
This book is a detailed overview of the history of cartography from its earliest known origins to the space exploration days The maps included were beautiful, and the writing style was straightforward and accessible to the layman for a somewhat niche topic. I m kind of nerdy about maps I just think they re cool Reading about the evolution of cartography and the often harrowing ordeals mapmakers went through to greater understand our world was a joy. Wow, I cannot believe that I finally finished this one Full review to come overall decent book, although it had its weaknesses. More reviews available at my blog, Beauty and the Bookworm.I picked The Mapmakers up probably a year and a half ago while perusing the gift shop at the Smithsonian Air and Space museum I m pretty sure I was there to watch Interstellar on the IMAX screen I m not a big Air and Space fan I favor the American and Natural History museums but this book and a seemingly related one in topic, A History of the World in 12 Maps, caught my eye, so I picked them up while I was there And they have languished on my shelf ever since I finally pegged The Mapmakers as a book to fulfill a reading challenge category for 2016, but it took me than a month to get through it because, honestly, this book wasn t that interesting.The Mapmakers purports to be about the people who make maps and who have shaped the history and processes of that making, but honestly, it s not There might be snippets about one person or another, like the guy who invented the chronograph and made finding one s position at sea much easier, but these never last than a page or two The author s focus is much on the evolving technologies of cartography than the people who actually employed them.The
A totally fascinating read about mapmakers and cartography that really opened my eyes to all the possibilities of mapmaking I had never heard of some stuff, and other stuff I had never really had explained Some of the history reads like adventure stories It bogs down a litt
I love the early days of map making The India Survey was entrancing what with the secret agents and specialized tools for surreptitious measurements When mapping became the work of satellites and machines, an exciting age ended. This was a fascinating book explaining the history of map making It really makes one appreciate maps and the wonder of GPS today A fascinating book that makes the history of mapmaking and geography interesting You don t have to be a geography major to enjoy this book.