Books and Links
At the library:
Mapping the Sea and Airways by Martyn Bramwell
Describes the history of sea and air navigation, including the various instruments used in navigating and current techniques of making sea and air charts.
How to Read a Nautical Chart: A Complete Guide to the Symbols, Abbreviations, and Data Displayed on Nautical Charts by Nigel Calder
Tools of Navigation: A Kid's Guide to the History and Science of Finding Your Way by Rachel Dickinson
The Story of Maps and Navigation by Anita Ganeria
These two-series entries combine beautiful, full-color photographs and reproductions with easy-to-read, large-print texts to trace the development of various systems of recording and measuring. Each volume has "Signpost" boxes that highlight various inventions, "In Fact" boxes that discuss fascinating facts in brief, and "Breakthrough" boxes that mention significant events and/or individuals.
On the Web:
A nice description of how we take a round world and make flat maps.
The Office of Coast Survey’s chart page