"Cartography exhibited rapid advances during periods when mathematics was used in an integral manner, and declined during others when maps were simply drawn by travelers based on their experiences or devised by scholars to illustrate philosophical theories of world order..." 


Mathematics of Cartography 

The FourColor Problem 
Mathematics Topics 

John Polking's Geometry of The Sphere 
Wow! There seems to be a lot of math there lines, points, areas, coordinates, etc. We will investigate three major topics associated with maps.  
Scale
Coordinate systemsProjection 


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