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The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World (World Atlas) [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

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4. Oktober 1999 World Atlas
The Millennium edition of the world's most prestigious reference atlas, The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World, featuring 248 pages of new, digitally created mapping and a specially commissioned 72 page introductory section to celebrate the millennium. Index to over 200,000 place names. This 10th edition is the first entirely new edition of the atlas since the five volume Mid-Century Edition. In the fifty years since that edition was published, the art and science of cartography have been revolutionised : mapping created on hand-etched copper plates has been replaced by mapping computer generated from world and regional databases. The atlas in introduced by unique satellite images of the continents as they appear from space. This preliminary section continues with a series of innovative images, maps, photographs and graphics reviewing the cosmos and the natural world, and man's interaction with it at the end of the second millennium; the images and maps themselves illustrate how satellite technology continues to extend our knowledge of the earth. The section continues by chronicling the evolution of the world map and concludes with a geographical information summary on physical features, states and territories. The reference maps that follow present the most accurate and up-to-date representation of our knowledge of the earth today. The area shown, and the scale and projection of each plate, have been entirely redesigned using computer technology to allow each plate to be individually generated to optimum parameters. As well as creating mapping of enhanced accuracy, the technology used has allowed the design to be even clearer and more accessible. The number of plates has been extended to include detailed large scale coverage of more regions to provide ever more comprehensive coverage of each country in the world. The gazetteer-index to over 200,000 geographical features illustrates the unique scope of the atlas; the gazetteer is fully cross-referenced with alternative and former names and is supported by a glossary of geographical terms used in the atlas. The atlas includes: * 72 page introductory section * 248 pages of reference maps of continents, countries and oceans * 224 page gazetteer index to over 200,000 geographical features

Produktinformation

  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 544 Seiten
  • Verlag: Geocenter Ilh; Auflage: 10th Revised edition (4. Oktober 1999)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0723007926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0723007920
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 47,6 x 32,8 x 5,2 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.8 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (8 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 597.182 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"The Times Atlas of the World is the best, most comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date single-volume atlas now available."--The New York Times -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .

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The Millennium edition of the world's most prestigious reference atlas, The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World, featuring 248 pages of new, digitally created mapping and a specially commissioned 72 page introductory section to celebrate the millennium. Index to over 200,000 place names. This 10th edition is the first entirely new edition of the atlas since the five volume Mid-Century Edition. In the fifty years since that edition was published, the art and science of cartography have been revolutionised : mapping created on hand-etched copper plates has been replaced by mapping computer generated from world and regional databases. The atlas in introduced by unique satellite images of the continents as they appear from space. This preliminary section continues with a series of innovative images, maps, photographs and graphics reviewing the cosmos and the natural world, and man's interaction with it at the end of the second millennium; the images and maps themselves illustrate how satellite technology continues to extend our knowledge of the earth.

The section continues by chronicling the evolution of the world map and concludes with a geographical information summary on physical features, states and territories. The reference maps that follow present the most accurate and up-to-date representation of our knowledge of the earth today. The area shown, and the scale and projection of each plate, have been entirely redesigned using computer technology to allow each plate to be individually generated to optimum parameters. As well as creating mapping of enhanced accuracy, the technology used has allowed the design to be even clearer and more accessible. The number of plates has been extended to include detailed large scale coverage of more regions to provide ever more comprehensive coverage of each country in the world. The gazetteer-index to over 200,000 geographical features illustrates the unique scope of the atlas; the gazetteer is fully cross-referenced with alternative and former names and is supported by a glossary of geographical terms used in the atlas.

The atlas includes: * 72 page introductory section * 248 pages of reference maps of continents, countries and oceans * 224 page gazetteer index to over 200,000 geographical features


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5.0 von 5 Sternen The most detailed physical world atlas available 27. Februar 2000
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Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I've been collecting atlases for over 30 years, including three different editions of this one. I still have the 8th edition, and now I've lived with the 10 edition for a couple months and am ready to state my opinion, and compare it to previous editions.
First, I'd like to make a general observation about these Times Atlases. They have all carried about 20% of their maps in a vertical orientation. This is all right in atlases that are of a more manageable size, but for a book that weighs 11 pounds, it is burdensome to be flipping it around every few pages. I just had to get that out of the way, because it has always bothered me.
The strength of the Times Atlas of the World has always been the details and accuracy of its physical maps, showing the topographic layout of the land. The colors chosen to do so were more garish in previous editions than in this 10th, and on a first impression, the maps in the 10th edition look strikingly more beautiful. They are works of art. However, I am not convinced that the new colors are more useful. As was pointed out in a review below, what is missing is the sharp contrast from one elevation interval to the next, so it is actually more difficult to figure out the details of the typography, without using a magnifying glass. I think utility was sacrificed to sheer beauty in this case. But let there be no misunderstanding. These maps are probably the most beautiful physical representations of the land that have ever been published at this scale, and due to the digital database upon which the printing was based, without doubt, the most accurate.
Continuing with the theme of this book's utility, I find that I can't see the forest for the trees with this edition.
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This atlas is the best international atlas for production graphics shops. Its gazetteer of latitude longitude for place names makes answering "Where is it?" questions nearly as fast as a computer search. It has more place names than any other souce I know except the U.S. State Department's online search, but this atlas is so much nicer to use.
My only criticism is the colors have been toned down compared to my old 7th Edition from 1980. The elevation colors went from vivid oranges and browns to light greens. The 10th Edition now has pail greens and light buffs. The contrast from 1000 to 3000 meters is much less. Your eye has to work harder to discern elevations. The very light water blues compared to the light land colors don't seem to offer as much "figure ground" contrast as my old 7th Edition Times Comprehensive atlas did. These lighter colors do help in two ways. They make the black text of feature names stand out. Also, the populated areas' color has been changed from black hatching to a bright solid yellow. It raises the visual importance of urban areas, which is good. Political and administrative boundaries have gone from violet to a dull purple, thus this theme has been pushed back in importance.
I notice that city names seem to have gotten smaller. I guess this means more information can be shown on a page, which is good. Also it will push the 'small towns' theme back in importance so as to make clearer trends in physical geography, of valleys, plains, passes, major rivers etc. to be recognized more easily. There has been an editorial update in what is important to show now. My old atlas has one whole plate for Iran with an insert of Tehran. Now, it shares a plate with three other countries.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A wealth of information but not perfect yet. 24. Juli 2000
Von Thomas S.
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Being in the market for a one definitive atlas for my home I've been doing some shopping and was able to carefully study the Times Atlas. The strongest point it has is its index which is very comprehensive and easy to use. If you want to find a something in the world, the fastest way is with this atlas. Booting a computer and inserting a CDRom takes way more time. The smaller fonts on the maps are good as they still allow you to read the place names without cluttering up the maps unnecessarily. I was comparing this work to the 'Book of the World' and I must say that both of them have very strong points and the ideal atlas would be a combination of both. The 'Book of the World' (96 edition) has much nicer looking maps which include some information not found in the 'Times Atlas' such as highway numbers, and locations such as parks, reservations, military and governmental installations, airports, etc. Also, more roads were found in the 'Book of the World'.
The perfect atlas would be the map design of the 'Book of the World' with its glossy and high-quality pages combined with the shear number of locations in the 'Times Atlas'.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein umfassendes Werk mit vielen Details 23. Januar 2001
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Der Times Atlas ist vom ersten Aufschlagen an ein Genuss. In übersichtlicher und aufwendiger Weise führt der Atlas in aktuelle Daten der Welt ein: in hervorragenden graphischen Darstellungen, teils in Tabellen und ansprechendem Text. Viele Abbildungen berreichern die Übersichten. Der umfangreiche, einfach gegliederte Kartenteil zeigt Kontinente und Staaten unter verschiedenen Sichten. Die einzelnen Karten sind mit Verweisen auf benachbarte Karten und mit Teilausschnitten versehen. Im Register schliesslich sind die Namen kategorisiert und leicht zu finden. Kleine Übersetzunghilfen für lokale Sprachen helfen beim Suchen. Ein gelungenes, reichhaltiges Werk, das sich für Weltreisen im Wohnzimmer eignet und um Kindern Freude an Geograhie zu vermitteln. Und wer während des Studierens der Karten noch ein Hemd bügeln will, wird auch bedient: der Atlas ist sehr schwer.
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