New PDF release: All Possible Worlds: A History of Geographical Ideas

By Geoffrey J. Martin

ISBN-10: 0195168704

ISBN-13: 9780195168709

Up-to-date and revised to incorporate theoretical and different advancements, bibliographical additions, new images and illustrations, and multiplied identify and topic indexes, the fourth version of All attainable Worlds: A historical past of Geographical Ideas is the main entire and complete e-book of its sort. The textual content additionally includes a structure and clarity that make the cloth effortless to navigate and understand.

The booklet investigates the ways that the topic of geography has been famous, perceived, and evaluated, from its early acknowledgment in historic Greece to its disciplined shape in trendy global of shared rules and mass communique. powerful continuities knit the Classical interval to the Age of Exploration, then hold scholars on via Varenius to Humboldt and Ritter--revealing the emergence of "the new geography" of the fashionable Period.

The background of yankee geography--developed in seven of the twenty chapters--is strongly emphasised pursuant to the formal origins of geography in past due nineteenth-century Germany, Darwin's conception of evolution, and the good Surveys of the yank West. This therapy is improved via chapters touching on parallel histories of geography in Germany, France, nice Britain, Russia (including the USSR and CIS), Canada, Sweden, and Japan-countries that initially contributed to and later borrowed from the physique people geographical thought.

All attainable Worlds: A background of Geographical Ideas, Fourth version, is perfect for upper-level undergraduate or graduate classes within the heritage and philosophy of classical, medieval, and sleek geographical thought.

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There is also the possibility that some of the Phoenician ships, being caught in the west-flowing equatorial current south of the equator in the Atlantic Ocean, were carried across the relatively narrow ocean to the northeast of Brazil. One difficulty with the interpretation of these ancient writings involves the things that are omitted. Considering the wealth of detail Herodotus provides concerning some places and some events, it is remarkable that he made no mention of another Phoenician voyage.

Bunbury, E. H. 1883. A History o f Ancient Geography among the Greeks and Romans from the Earliest Ages Till the Fall o f the Roman Empire. 2 vols. London: John Murray. Burton, Harry E. 1932. The Discovery o f the Ancient World. reprinted 1969. Freeport, New York: Books for Libraries Press. Biittner, Manfred, ed. 1979. Wandlungen im geographischen Denken von Aristoteles his Kant. Ferdinand Schoningh. Casson, L. 1959. The Ancient M ariners.. . New York: Macmillan. 38 / CLASSICAL Casson, Lionel.

No one had ever stated these as general propositions before. But Thales’ most important contribution was his recognition that the solution of practical problems of measurement was less of an intellectual accomplishment than the rational generalization of the specific solutions. Thales also made contributions in astronomy and reported on the magnetism of the lodestone. He speculated about the meaning of this fascinating universe and concluded that the material was made up of water in various forms.

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