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On the Map by Simon Garfield
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Jan 01, 2013

liked it

I went into this book assuming it would be an easy five-star rating. I love maps. I like people who write scientific histories like this. That said, this book left me unsatisfied. It was good, but not great.

Garfield runs through the history of maps fairly quickly, jumping from one topic to the next. I wanted to learn a bit more about why the Mercator projection became so prevalent, but much of it was glossed over. Garfield spends a lot of time talking about offbeat geographical notions of the Middle Ages.

The book gets much better once it gets into modern days. Or at least the 19th Century. The sections about GPS and Google Earth were quite well-done.
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Jim Ah, that's the rhumb

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