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A Portraitist of the Earth (01 Feb 2005)
For Robinson, as for his predecessor Mercator, mapmaking consisted of much more than equations. Rather, Robinson maintained that cartography was an essential form of intellectual and symbolic expression. In one of his textbooks, Early Thematic Mapping in the History of Cartography, he wrote, “The act of mapping was as profound as the invention of a number system.The combination of the reduction of reality and the construction of an analogical space is an attainment in abstract thinking of a very high order indeed”
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