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Maps That Changed The World

Author : John O. E. Clark
ISBN : 9781849943864
Genre : History
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An ancient Chinese proverb suggests, “They are wise parents who give their children roots and wings - and a map.” Maps That Changed the World features some of the world's most famous maps, stretching back to a time when cartography was in its infancy and the 'edge of the world' was a barrier to exploration. The book includes details of how the Lewis and Clark Expedition helped map the American West, and how the British mapped India and Australia. Included are the beautifully engraved Dutch maps of the 16th century; the sinister Utopian maps of the Nazis; the maps that presaged brilliant military campaigns; charted the geology of a nation; and the ones that divided a continent up between its European conquerors. Organised by theme, the book shows the evolution of map-making from all corners of the globe, from ancient clay maps, to cartographic breakthroughs such as Harry Beck’s map of the London underground. There are also famous fictional maps, including the maps of the lost continent of Atlantis and Tolkien’s Middle Earth. With an introduction written by acclaimed cartographic historian Jeremy Black.
Category: History

To The Ends Of The Earth

Author : Jeremy Harwood
ISBN : 0733319378
Genre : Civilization, Ancient
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A thought-provoking history of cartography focusing on 100 maps that changed the world.
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The Map That Changed The World

Author : Simon Winchester
ISBN : 9780061978272
Genre : Science
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In 1793, a canal digger named William Smith made a startling discovery. He found that by tracing the placement of fossils, which he uncovered in his excavations, one could follow layers of rocks as they dipped and rose and fell—clear across England and, indeed, clear across the world—making it possible, for the first time ever, to draw a chart of the hidden underside of the earth. Smith spent twenty-two years piecing together the fragments of this unseen universe to create an epochal and remarkably beautiful hand-painted map. But instead of receiving accolades and honors, he ended up in debtors' prison, the victim of plagiarism, and virtually homeless for ten years more. The Map That Changed the World is a very human tale of endurance and achievement, of one man's dedication in the face of ruin. With a keen eye and thoughtful detail, Simon Winchester unfolds the poignant sacrifice behind this world-changing discovery.
Category: Science

Map That Changed The World

Author : Kavidasa
ISBN : 1441577912
Genre : Fiction
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Manas is an autodidact youth of vaulting literary and academic ambitions who is struggling to make a living while taking university exams as an external candidate. When he unexpectedly meets Lily Wertheimer, a Peace Corps volunteer in India, a friendship blossoms and he narrates his heartrending story to her. They tentatively explore romance as Lily likens their relationship to the Beautiful Lily in search of the Green Snake of Goethe's myth. While working for his M.A., Manas is challenged to figure out the identity of the Map that Changed the World, its discovery augurs well for his metamorphosis into a new person. The Map portrays the new and challenging life full of hope, opportunities, pains, and prospects in post-Independent post-Partition India through Manas's life. Meanwhile, Lily is not the only romantic interest in Manas's life. Asti, whom Manas hoped to marry, is faced with personal dilemma that may wreck her chances to have the marriage of her dreams; while an academic woman of standing also considers whether Manas has the proper status to be an appropriate husband for her. In the midst of these romantic dilemmas Manas considers whether or not to leave the country of his forebears where he fears he will always be forced to live on the margins of society, and departs for the United States to pursue his program of Ph.D. and lead a life with a brand new karma. Narrated in Manas's cautious but solemn and virile voice, the Map is a richly detailed portrait of strong emotions and hope vanquishing fear, fierce determination overcoming failure, hard work and perseverance meeting the challenges of aspirations and dreams.
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The Map That Changed The World

Author : Simon Winchester
ISBN : 0060501812
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Prisoners Of Geography

Author : Tim Marshall
ISBN : 9781501121463
Genre : History
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A journalist uses ten maps of crucial regions to explain the geopolitical strategies of the world powers.
Category: History

Fire Ice And Paradise

Author : H. Leighton Steward
ISBN : 9781434382399
Genre : Nature
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Nature S Clocks

Author : Doug Macdougall
ISBN : 9780520933446
Genre : Science
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"Radioactivity is like a clock that never needs adjusting," writes Doug Macdougall. "It would be hard to design a more reliable timekeeper." In Nature's Clocks, Macdougall tells how scientists who were seeking to understand the past arrived at the ingenious techniques they now use to determine the age of objects and organisms. By examining radiocarbon (C-14) dating—the best known of these methods—and several other techniques that geologists use to decode the distant past, Macdougall unwraps the last century's advances, explaining how they reveal the age of our fossil ancestors such as "Lucy," the timing of the dinosaurs' extinction, and the precise ages of tiny mineral grains that date from the beginning of the earth's history. In lively and accessible prose, he describes how the science of geochronology has developed and flourished. Relating these advances through the stories of the scientists themselves—James Hutton, William Smith, Arthur Holmes, Ernest Rutherford, Willard Libby, and Clair Patterson—Macdougall shows how they used ingenuity and inspiration to construct one of modern science's most significant accomplishments: a timescale for the earth's evolution and human prehistory.
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The Mapmakers Quest Depicting New Worlds In Renaissance Europe

Author : David Buisseret
ISBN : 9780191500909
Genre : History
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In 1400 Europe was behind large parts of the world in its understanding of the use of maps. For instance, the people gf China and of Japan were considerably more advanced in this respect. And yet, by 1600 the Europeans had come to use maps for a huge variety of tasks, and were far ahead of the rest of the world in their appreciation of the power and use of cartography. The Mapmakers' Quest seeks to understand this development - not only to tease out the strands of thought and practice which led to the use of maps, but also to assess the ways in which such use affected European societies and economies. Taking as a starting point the question of why there were so few maps in Europe in 1400 and so many by 1650, the book explores the reasons for this and its implications for European history. It examines, inter al, how mapping and military technology advanced in tandem, how modern states' territories were mapped and borders drawn up, the role of maps in shaping the urban environment, and cartography's links to the new sciences.
Category: History

The Rough Guide To The Energy Crisis

Author : Rough Guides
ISBN : 9781848363298
Genre : Science
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From the opening and closing of oceans over millions of years to the overnight reshaping of landscapes by volcanoes, the Earth beneath our feet is constantly changing. The Rough Guide to the Earth explores all aspects of our dynamic planet, from the planet’s origins and evolution and the seasons and tides to melting ice caps, glaciers and climate change. Featuring many spectacular images and helpful diagrams, this Rough Guide provides a fascinating and accessible introduction to Earth science.
Category: Science