Waldo R. Tobler (1930 – 2018)

With the recent passing of Waldo R. Tobler, the twin disciplines of geography and cartography have lost one of its giants. Waldo Tobler was born in Switzerland in 1930, and passed away on 20 February 2018, with 87. Tobler was a professor in the Geography Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, teaching geography, computational cartography, and statistics from 1977 until he retired in 1994. He was an active professor emeritus at the University of California until his death. One of his most notable accomplishments is the First Law of Geography, which he formulated in 1970: “Everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things”. Later

The Cantino Planisphere of 1502 by Gregory C. McIntosh

The famous Cantino World Chart is one of the most influential maps ever made and it has a very interesting history. It is an anonymous Portuguese manuscript world map. It is the earliest surviving map showing the new discoveries by the Portuguese in Brazil, Newfoundland, Greenland, Africa, and India. And, because it is the first map to shed the regressive influences of both Medieval and Renaissance mapmaking, it is also the first truly modern world map. It is named for Alberto Cantino. He was the agent in Lisbon for Ercole d’Este (1431 – 1505), Duke of Ferrara, Italy. As his agent, he represented the Duke in political and commercial affairs. But Cantino was also the Duke’s spy! It was only t

Investigando a natureza de uma carta portulano com olhar cartométrico, a talk by Gonçalo Dias (in Po

Santo Agostinho dizia que se lhe não perguntassem o que era o tempo ele saberia o que era, mas se lhe pedissem uma explicação, aí ficaria falto de palavras. Ora, o mesmo sucede com uma aparente trivialidade: uma carta náutica medieval do Mediterrâneo. Uma carta portulano (outro nome dado a estas cartas) parece uma representação realista desse mar, consentânea com a navegação aí praticada na Idade Média. Mas se olharmos mais de perto, veremos que a aparência realista não é o primeiro objectivo. Fica-nos então a pergunta: o que é uma Carta Portulano? Os historiadores usam dos seus métodos para ler textos, iconografia, datar documentos, saber da sua transmissão, e muitas mais coisas se lhe pod

Short course on Cartometric Analysis and Numerical Modelling (Feb 16 - Apr 27) by Joaquim Alves Gasp

The aim of this short course is to introduce the cartometric methods of geometrical analysis and numerical modelling applicable to the study of old charts and maps. Although it is primarily meant for the MEDEA-CHART research team, all professors, researchers and students are welcome to attend. Lectures will be in English. Six sessions of 90 minutes are initially scheduled for February 16 and 23 February, and March 2, 9, 16 and 23, at 10.30h, room 6.2.52 ( except the dates 6, 13, 20, 27 April - room 8.2.14) of the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon. Additional sessions may be scheduled in the future. The main objective of project Medea-Chart (financed by the European Research Council)