Synopses & Reviews
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.
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