Monday, December 2, 2019

The MEDEA-CHART database was created as a tool to assist in the study of medieval and early modern nautical charts. The database also aims to facilitate access to nautical charts for both the scientific community and all members of the public. In short, we collect disp...

Thursday, November 21, 2019

The pre-Mercator nautical chart is an amazing artefact of unexpected complexity. Not because its construction relied on sophisticated methods but, on the contrary, owing to the limitations imposed by contemporary navigation, which prevented the adoption of the cartogra...

Monday, November 11, 2019

The pre-Mercator nautical chart is an amazing artefact of unexpected complexity. Not because its construction relied on sophisticated methods but, on the contrary, owing to the limitations imposed by contemporary navigation, which prevented the adoption of the cartogra...

Monday, November 11, 2019

The Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology (CIUHCT) invites paper proposals for the International Workshop on the Origin and Evolution of the Nautical Chart to be held on June 4-5, 2020, at the Instituto Hidrográfico, Lisbon, Portugal....

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

We are seeking for a highly motivated researcher with a master’s degree on any field to integrate the Medea-Chart team of researchers. The candidate should reside in Portugal for the whole duration of the fellowship and may already be enrolled in the PhD program of “Hi...

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Luis Robles Macías, a former engineer passionate about the history of cartography and the discoveries, has written an insightfull and contextual article about the possible discovery of the Magellan Planisphere offered to D. Carlos I in 1519. This planisphere was though...

Friday, September 13, 2019

Next Friday, September 20th, Joaquim Gaspar and Henrique Leitão will both deliver a seminar at Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, at 14.30, room 8.2.3 (Portuguese only)

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Métodos cartométricos e de modelação numérica no estudo de carta...

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Some members of the Medea-Chart team, the researchers Joaquim Gaspar, Henrique Leitão, Gregory McIntosh and Bruno Almeida, attended the International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC 2019) in Amsterdam, last month. All had the opportunity to present their...

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Joaquim Alves Gaspar gave a Ted Talk in May under the topic of the Maritime Discoveries and shows how cartographers and seafarers dealt with the geometric inconsistencies of the early modern nautical charts. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference...

Monday, June 3, 2019

Friday, June 7th at 10.30am, Joaquim Alves Gaspar will deliver a talk at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, room 8.2.14. All welcome.

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We know from Antiquity that the Earth is round. Not only did the Greeks produced solid arguments that the surfa...

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