Monmonier reflects on the history of cartography in new book
Mark Monmonier, Distinguished Professor of
Geography, recently wrote Connections and
Content: Reflections on Networks and the History of Cartography, published in early September by ESRI Press. In the book, he discusses networks as a
potential unifying concept in creating, understanding, and using maps.
Monmonier draws from a wealth of stories and
personal relationships developed over his more than five decades as a
cartographer in order to help non-specialist readers understand the key
historical role of networks in the historical development of cartography. He
reflects on the use of trigonometry and geometry in mapmaking and the
consequences that technological developments have had for cartographers, before
then considering the effects of infrastructure and telecommunications networks
on map production. He studies how maps have been made legible for digital
technologies, which leads to a discussion about the transformational effects of
the internet and the rise of digital technologies.
Over the course of his career, Monmonier has
written 20 books and is best known for his monograph How to Lie with Maps, now in its third edition. He has been
president of the American Cartographic Association, and served on advisory
panels for the National Research Council and the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1984, the American
Geographical Society’s O.M. Miller Medal in 2001, the Pennsylvania State
University’s Charles L. Hosler Alumni Scholar Medal in 2007, the German
Cartographic Society’s Mercator Medal in 2009, and in 2016 was inducted into
the Urban and Regional Information System Organization’s GIS Hall of Fame.
More information about Monmonier’s new book is
available in ESRI Press’s book announcement and in Monmonier's interview with New Books network.