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Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology

Patents and Cartographic Inventions

A New Perspective for Map History

Authors: Monmonier, Mark

  • Is the only map history book focusing on patented inventions
  • Delivers an engaging, well-written account of how diverse inventors, practical-minded or fanciful, proposed clever ways to create or use maps
  • Opens new areas for research on the history of cartography
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About this book

This book explores the US patent system, which helped practical minded innovators establish intellectual property rights and fulfill the need for achievement that motivates inventors and scholars alike. In this sense, the patent system was a parallel literature: a vetting institution similar to the conventional academic-scientific-technical journal insofar as the patent examiner was both editor and peer reviewer, while the patent attorney was a co-author or ghost writer. In probing evolving notions of novelty, non-obviousness, and cumulative innovation, Mark Monmonier examines rural address guides, folding schemes, world map projections, diverse improvements of the terrestrial globe, mechanical route-following machines that anticipated the GPS navigator, and the early electrical you-are-here mall map, which opened the way for digital cartography and provided fodder for patent trolls, who treat the patent largely as a license to litigate. 

About the authors

Mark Monmonier is Distinguished Professor of Geography at Syracuse University. For numerous papers on digital cartography and the history of cartography as well as 19 books, including How to Lie with Maps, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Geographical Society’s O. M. Miller Medal, and the German Cartographic Society’s Mercator Medal. 

Reviews

“Cartographic innovators are a curious and quirky set of citizens, each with a unique story to tell. Monmonier has pieced together newspaper stories, census records and journal information to fill out and illuminate these unsung cartographic heroes.”  (Keith Clarke, Professor of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)

 “Mark Monmonier reveals and organizes, for the first time, a wealth of information about how many ingenious persons in modern America responded to the social and technological challenges and opportunities that everyday map use presented, from how to fold a map to how to conceptualize the world.” (Matthew Edney, Osher Professor in the History of Cartography, University of Southern Maine, USA)

 “This is a major contribution that explores an area in the history of cartography that is not simply ignored by historians of cartography, but basically unknown to them—patents and inventions pertaining to maps and globes. The book is thoroughly researched, and in addition to examining patent applications makes use of genealogical research tools to learn more about the inventors.  Well-written and richly illustrated with original patent drawings, the subjects range from transfer tickets to electric maps.” (Judith Tyner, Professor Emerita of Geography, California State University, Long Beach, USA)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-51040-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-51039-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Patents and Cartographic Inventions
Book Subtitle
A New Perspective for Map History
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
Mark Monmonier
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-51040-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-51040-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-51039-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 267
Number of Illustrations and Tables
88 b/w illustrations
Topics