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Mapping the World
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Caroline Laffon is a documentary filmmaker and author. Martine Laffon is an editor, writer and philosopher. They are the coauthors of A Home in the World and several other reference books.

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There are no GPS pictures [here] but there are beautiful maps spanning thousands of years.--Paul Carbray"Saskatoon Star Phoenix" (02/06/2010) Mapping the World is a beautifully illustrated and produced volume that would be a worthwhile addition to any library.--Clarence J. Murphy, emeritus, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania"Science Books and Film" (03/01/2010) An unusual yet arresting treatment, the Laffons's inventive approach to cartography has definite artistic appeal.--Gilbert Taylor"Booklist" (12/15/2009) The Laffons emphasize that maps bring us more than the geographic coordinates of a place; they tell us stories about the landscape.--Brian Hayes"American Scientist, Vol. 98" (01/01/2009) Beautiful. . . . Exotic and fantastical antique maps. . . . Mapping the World shows both the precision and the disorder underscoring the evolution of mapmaking, and how mistakes altered and confused perception, depending on where the maps were made. There are no GPS pictures in Caroline and Martine Laffon's Mapping the World, but there are beautiful maps spanning thousands of years, from outlines of a Chinese city to modern satellite maps. As the authors suggest, maps, especially old ones, "are more literary than geographical," revealing the view of the world held by their creators, along with the myths, legends and beliefs of their times.--Paul Carbray"Saskatoon Star Phoenix" (02/06/2010) Almost every present-day use of maps, from finding travel directions, through advertising choice land for settlement, to taxation have historical examples, as illustrated in this book. Mapping the World is a beautifully illustrated and produced volume that would be a worthwhile addition to any library.--Clarence J. Murphy, emeritus, East Stroudsburg Uni"Science Books and Film" (03/01/2010) As albums of cartography go, this one possesses qualities for the unconventional connoisseur. For it is not a history of maps, nor does its text mechanically describe the 87 images of historical maps on offer. Rather, the authors discuss the meaning of geographical representation in cosmic and imaginative terms.... An unusual yet arresting treatment, the Laffons's inventive approach to cartography has definite artistic appeal.--Gilbert Taylor"Booklist" (12/15/2009) Beautiful maps spanning thousands of years, from outlines of a Chinese city to modern satellite maps.--Paul Carbray"Montreal Gazette" (11/28/2009) Mapping the World excavates the history of cartography with enticing examples from a wide variety of places and eras.--Lisa Rossi"Wall Street Journal" (12/12/2009) A fascinating and authoritative introduction to the science of meteorites.--Rob Mooy"Frontenac This Week/Kingston This Week" (08/06/2009) This book is short but pithy, and has over 100 photographs, charts and drawings... Meteorites look no better than your average plucked chicken, but the sky shots in the book are terrific.--Irving Spivak"RALPH" (06/30/2010)

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