Cartography as Art and Science Term Paper by Master Researcher

Cartography as Art and Science
An examination of the art and science of cartography.
# 36555 | 1,900 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 12, 2003 in Art (General) , Geography (General)

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The paper explains that cartography is the art, science and technology of making maps, plans, charts and globes representing Earth or any celestial body at any scale. The paper outlines the history of cartography as an art and its development into a science and discusses how cartography fascinates this author as an aviation major student. The paper concludes that cartography was and is a tool of cultural development that has allowed mankind to progress to the degree that it has today.

From the Paper:

"Ptolemy's works were more or less not paid heed to until the late 15th century when a interest in the classical age overtook people by storm. Cartography in the 16th century progressed as a science. Europeans in this genre were pretty lacking in their skills even by the time of the 16th century. Maps were often images of crude drawings of known areas especially during the French period of 1800. Astronomy techniques and the trick to determine longitudes and latitudes through the use of marine chronometer were introduced (Heidenreich).
"It was during World War I, that cartography became intermingled with photography, named photogrammetry. This is basically mapping of regions through aerial photography. The art of photographing regions is more complicated then mere photography where the focus of the picture is more objective. Photogrammetry was one of the post war era's evolution of cartography into an art again in spite of its scientific development in navigation."

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