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Notes and Comments on the Composition of Terrestrial and Celestial Maps


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Notes and Comments on the Composition of Terrestrial and Celestial Maps is an historically significant work on modern map projections and their mathematical underpinnings. The original German edition introduced several distinct map projections still in use today and revealed the cartographic genius of author J.H. Lambert (1728-1777). In 1972, on the 200th anniversary of this seminal work, noted geographer Waldo R. Tobler published an English translation of Lambert’s writings, but it has been unavailable for several years. This new edition of the translation includes an expanded preface and reference section and a new biographical sketch of J.H. Lambert.

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Lambert (1728-77) is widely considered the founding father of modern mathematical cartography. Originally published in German in 1772, this seminal book on modern map projections was later translated to English 200 years later by Waldo R. Tobler (geography, U. of California-Santa Barbara). Widely unavailable for several years, the English translation has been republished by Esri Press with an expanded preface and updated reference section. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Johann Heinrich Lambert stepped beyond humble beginnings to walk among royalty and leading scholars of eighteenth-century Europe. Largely self-taught, he became one of the world’s preeminent mathematicians and cartographers, and he was among the first to address the general properties of map projections.

Waldo R. Tobler, a leading geographer, professor, cartographer, is a prolific author on the subject of map projections and computational geography.  He is professor emeritus in geography at the University of California Santa Barbara, and an Honorary Fellow of the American Geographical Society.

Table of Contents

I. Maps to determine the distances of places

II. Distances of places on the central projection

III. Construction to determine the distances

IV. More general method to represent the spherical surface so that all angles preserve their size

V. Further extension of the same method

VI. Most general lecture on the same method
VII. Application of the method to a special case
VIII. Regular representations of the earth's surface
IX. Representations of the earth's surface considering the size of countries
X. Representations of the spheroidal earth's surface


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Lambert, J. H.
Esri Press
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ESRI Press
Lambert, J.H.
Tobler, Waldo R.
Astronomy - General
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9 x 7.5 in 1 lb

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Engineering » Civil Engineering » Cartography
History and Social Science » Geography » General
History and Social Science » Geography » Mapping and Cartography
History and Social Science » Politics » International Studies
Reference » Research
Science and Mathematics » Astronomy » General

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