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Mapping and Naming the Moon: A History of Lunar Cartography and Nomenclature Paperback – 11 Dec 2003


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' … a welcome new book on the history of lunar mapping. Ewen Whitaker probably knows more about selenocartography and lunar nomenclature than anyone alive. This fascinating book will provide guidelines and lessons for mapping and nomenclature when we finally return to the Moon.' Charles A. Wood, Sky and Telescope

'This is just the sort of book I love. It is unusual and there is nothing on my bookshelf quite like it. It is eminently readable and I can see myself referring to it time after time. I can imagine any astronomer, amateur or professional, who has an interest in the Moon, the history of astronomy, or astronomers in general, enjoying this book greatly.' Dr David W. Hughes, University of Sheffield

' … very detailed, with excellent reproductions of the various maps … Whitaker and his publishers are to be congratulated for a book that is certain to remain the standard.' Patrick Moore, The Times Higher Education Supplement

'Ewen Whitaker has been in the forefront of lunar cartography for many years, and is probably the world's leading authority on the subject of nomenclature. He is therefore uniquely qualified to write this book, and he has carried out his task well. The book is very detailed, with excellent reproductions of the various maps; the text has clearly taken many years of careful, painstaking research, and contains much information not to be found elsewhere. Whitaker and his publishers are to be congratulated upon producing a book that in this particular branch of scientific history, is certain to remain the standard.' Patrick Moore, Endeavour

'The book is well written and produced. The book is comprehensive and likely to become the definitive work.' Clive D, Labour and Industry

'Whitaker presents us with a scholarly, yet most readable, insight into both the history of the drawing and production of Moon maps and the vagaries of naming lunar features.' David W. Hughes, The Observatory

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With its wonderful historical maps and rare early photographs, this book is a treat for everyone interested in the Moon. Observers of the Moon will appreciate this unique account of mapping and nomenclature. Excellent appendices and bibliography provide a launch pad for those who wish to learn more.

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Science writing at its finest 1 Oct. 2005
By David Clow - Published on Amazon.com
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Ewen Whitaker has a gift for reading the lunar surface, and an equal one for writing that conveys not only the facts about the moon and the history of human interest in it, but also a true teacher's delight in sharing his knowledge and enthuiasm. This book will entertain and inform the layman as well as the expert.
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Looking for three specific moon craters and didn't find them in this text 25 Mar. 2013
By susan pernia - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought from the description that it would list ALL the craters on the moon, but it does not. This was the only reason I purchased it since my grandchildren are William, Sabine, and Tycho and all three have craters with their names. I wanted to learn more about these craters and figure out a way to purchase photos of these craters to give as gifts to my grandchildren in hopes of making them amateur astronomists at an early age. Guess I will have to look elsewhere. All suggestions welcome
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