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    Re: Map Projections
    From: Herbert Prinz
    Date: 2005 Apr 9, 20:23 -0400

    Zvi Doron wrote:
    >Looking for a recommendation regarding a good book on map projections - a
    >navigational slant would be good, as well as clear graphics. Any ideas?
    Much depends on whether you are looking for a historical or a systematic
    approach toward the subject; and in the latter case, just how
    mathematical you want to get. Going into the middle, I would say
    John B. Snyder, "Flattening the Earth", UCP 1997, is an excellent choice.
    Herbert Prinz
    The more technical books that I own are out of print now, so I will
    leave it to our youngest list member to comment on available ones.
    (Would Snyder's "Map Projections: A reference Manual" be a good choice?)
    There can be a great difference in how an author treats the subject. It
    matters whether you prefer a geometrical or analytical, a theoretical or
    numerical treatment, etc.
    Lloyd A. Brown, "The Story of Maps", 1949, is a good historical survey
    of map making in general, however, it does not particularly focus on
    projections and certainly does not go into their mathematical details. I
    mention it anyway, because it has enough of a navigational slant. There
    is a chapter on "Charts and the Haven-Finding Art",  one on "Latitude"
    and one on "Longitude". Besides, is a classic, and the Dover reprint is
    so cheap that there is no excuse not to have it on the book shelf.
    As one would expect, there are several specialized treatises on Mercator
    and/or his projection. It so happens that I just started reading  Mark
    Monmonier, "Rhumb Lines and Map Wars. A Social History of the Mercator
    Projection",  UCP, 2004.
    The phrase "map wars" is an allusion to the controversy around the
    Peters projection. ("Mercator maps lie.", "They make the size of the
    third world look too small", etc.) However, the book is not just a
    polemic against Peters. The first few chapters which I have read so far
    deal with the early history of the Mercator projection. They are full of
    historical details and make very interesting reading. As the title says,
    this is not a technical, but a sociological investigation. The author
    explains just enough geometry so that the general reader can follow the

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