Rhumb Lines and Map Wars: A Social History of the Mercator Projection

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"Monmonier has kept his explanations straightforward and concise, but nevertheless meaningful. In this he has also been facilitated by an excellent set of black-and-white illustations. This fine volume should be of value to the scholar and more general reader alike and certainly to anyone who has grown up with and been impacted upon . . . by the Merrcator projection." -- Dennis Reinhartz "Journal of Historical Geography" ?This very readable book should be studied by anyone interested in correcting much public ignorance about the importance of map projections and their manipulation (sometimes deliberately) to distort our perception of the world. . . . A major contribution to cartography.? -- Terry Birtles "Journal of Spatial Science" "Rhumb Lines and Map Wars is both a primer in the history and geometry of map projections and a complaint against those who tread Mercator under foot. . . . Monmonier has much to say about the ''power of maps,'' and covers a great deal of interesting ground, from the spider''s web of medieval portolan charts to the mathematical armature of satellite cartography."-D. Graham Burnett, London Review of Books -- D. Graham Burnett "London Review of Books" (11/03/2005) "In Rhumb Lines and Map Wars, Mark Monmonier shows that controversies that have ignited as soon as different projections--and there have been many--emerge, each attempting to make a flat map of a ball''s surface more like reality. Some of these show the globe distorted into the shapes of lampshades, inverted triangles, hearts, half-eaten doughnuts and rounded zigzags, as weird as dreams. Politics, nationalism and international prestige caused these wars. Monmonier thinks that such arguments overrate the power of maps. He writes well and simply." -- Roy Herbert "New Scientist" (11/06/2004) ""Rhumb Lines and Map Wars "is both a primer in the history and geometry of map projections and a complaint against those who tread Mercator under foot. . . . Monmonier has much to say about the ''power of maps, '' and covers a great deal of interesting ground, from the spider''s web of medieval portolan charts to the mathematical armature of satellite cartography."--D./i>--D. Graham Burnett"London Review of Books" (11/03/2005) "This book makes a major contribution to the debate through its presentation of an intellectual and social history of the Mercator projection. . . . An excellent book, interesting and accessible to both cartographic professionals and the educated general public."--Brooks C. Pearson "Geographical Review " "There is a story to be told here, and Mark Mo--Rienk Vermu "ISIS " "In "Rhumb Lines and Map Wars", Mark Monmonier shows that controversies that have ignited as soon as different projections--and there have been many--emerge, each attempting to make a flat map of a ball's surface more like reality. Some of these show the globe distorted into the shapes of lampshades, inverted triangles, hearts, half-eaten doughnuts and rounded zigzags, as weird as dreams. Politics, nationalism and international prestige caused these wars. Monmonier thinks that such arguments overrate the power of maps. He writes well and simply."--Roy Herbert"New Scientist" (11/06/2004) ""Rhumb Lines and Map Wars" is both a primer in the history and geometry of map projections and a complaint against those who tread Mercator under foot. . . . Monmonier has much to say about the 'power of maps, ' and covers a great deal of interesting ground, from the spider's web of medieval portolan charts to the mathematical armature of satellite cartography."--D. Graham Burnett"London Review of Books" (11/03/2005) "The book works at several levels and is successful in each. . . . It is engagingly written and well illustrated, as one would expect from Monmonier, arguably the world's foremost popular map historian. And it is an appeal for us all to be more aware of the importance of different map projections, their flexibility and their limitations."--Charles W.J. Withers "History " "In "Rhumb Lines and Map Wars," Mark Monmonier shows that controversies that have ignited as soon as different projections--and there have been many--emerge, each attempting to make a flat map of a ball's surface more like reality. Some of these show the globe distorted into the shapes of lampshades, inverted triangles, hearts, half-eaten doughnuts and rounded zigzags, as weird as dreams. Politics, nationalism and international prestige caused these wars. Monmonier thinks that such arguments overrate the power of maps. He writes well and simply."--Roy Herbert"New Scientist" (11/06/2004) "Monmonier succinctly describes the methods developed over 400 years to delineate a round earth on a flat piece of paper, ever since Mercator's portrayal was a boon to 16th-century sailors. Clear diagrams show every stage of man's attempts to solve this problem, why it was posed, and how theorists tried to make it more suitable, as means of travel changed. Thus, a projection suited to a sailor seeking to discover what lay across the Atlantic Ocean was unserviceable for airline pilots choosing the shortest route over the North Pole."--Susan Gote"Times Higher Education Supplement" (02/04/2005) "There is a story to be told here, and Mark Monmonier is certainly the person to tell it. He does so with gusto. . . . Rhumb Lines and Map Wars will be relished by a general audience."--Rienk Vermu "ISIS " "Geographers and cartographers once again owe Mark Monmonier their thanks....This insightful and interesting book further adds to Monmonier's reputation as an author capable of enlightening students, technicians, professionals, and anyone who enjoys maps and mapping." --Dennis Fitzsimons,"Professional Geographer" (11/01/2006) "Rhumb Lines and Map Wars is both a primer in the history and geometry of map projections and a complaint against those who tread Mercator under foot. . . . Monmonier has much to say about the 'power of maps, ' and covers a great deal of interesting ground, from the spider's web of medieval portolan charts to the mathematical armature of satellite cartography."--D. Graham Burnett"London Review of Books" (11/03/2005) "This very readable book should be studied by anyone interested in correcting much public ignorance about the importance of map projections and their manipulation (sometimes deliberately) to distort our perception of the world. . . . A major contribution to cartography." --Terry Birtles "Journal of Spatial Science " "This little book exhibits a rare . . . combination of elements: scholarship, readability, and usefulness. . . . Although not a textbook on map projection, the book is a handy introduction to the subject and contains as much information as the nonspecialist is likely to need." --Richard Ring "Fine Books and Collections " "[Monmonier] offers yet another first-rate contribution to the literature on cartography. . . . An excellent book that deserves widespread attention."--Jeremy Black"H-Net" (01/04/2005) "In Rhumb Lines and Map Wars, Mark Monmonier shows that controversies that have ignited as soon as different projections--and there have been many--emerge, each attempting to make a flat map of a ball's surface more like reality. Some of these show the globe distorted into the shapes of lampshades, inverted triangles, hearts, half-eaten doughnuts and rounded zigzags, as weird as dreams. Politics, nationalism and international prestige caused these wars. Monmonier thinks that such arguments overrate the power of maps. He writes well and simply."--Roy Herbert"New Scientist" (11/06/2004) This very readable book should be studied by anyone interested in correcting much public ignorance about the importance of map projections and their manipulation (sometimes deliberately) to distort our perception of the world. . . . A major contribution to cartography. --Terry Birtles "Journal of Spatial Science ""

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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 taking into account the earth's actual roundness.

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