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Author Monmonier, Mark S.

Title Rhumb lines and map wars : a social history of the Mercator projection / Mark Monmonier
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2004]
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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
Summary "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 allowed for easy navigation of the high seas with rhumb lines - clear-cut routes with a constant compass bearing - for true direction. But the projection's popularity among nineteenth-century sailors led to its overuse - often in inappropriate, non-navigational ways - for wall maps, world atlases, and geopolitical propaganda."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-229) and index
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Subject Cartography -- Social aspects.
Mercator projection (Cartography)
Peters projection (Cartography)
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2003027614
ISBN 0226534324 (electronic bk.)
9780226534329 (electronic bk.)