Marjo T. Nurminen (born 1967) is an archaeologist by education and specialises in the history of science. She has worked as a TV journalist at the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE for more than ten years, focusing on science and its popularisation. Her book Tiedon Tyttaret (Sisters of Science) won the Tieto-Finlandia Award for the Best Finnish Non-Fiction Book in Finland 2008, and has been translated into a number of languages. Nurminen lives in Helsinki with her family. Peter Barber is Head of Map Collections at the British Library. His many books include The Map Book (2005) and (with Tom Harper) Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art (British Library, 2010).
'A fine and very enjoyable read that adds considerably to the knowledge of this important aspect of maritime history. Indeed, a masterpiece!' -- Neil Baird Baird Maritime Your reviewer has to say that this is the most beautiful volume that has landed on his writing desk for a long time. ... The illustrations are superb and the book is produced to a very high quality. The deluxe big format and the large-scale full color reproductions throughout ensure a feast for the eyes; the volume is also a joy to handle. ... Though this work is outside our usual book subjects of ship models, modelling, ships and maritime history, we are sure it will appeal to many of our readers. -- Roger Marsh Ships in Scale 17/02/2016 The Mapmakers' World delivers an ambitious thesis with style. Paper and printing are superb, and the enormous number of colour illustrations make this a many-layered work that includes rarely seen portraits of leading mapmakers, exquisite enlargements of map detail and expositions on the evolution of map-making techniques. ... This magni-ficent book is a monument to the effort and ingenuity that Europeans have devoted to understanding the wider world, a quest continuing to this day, and one that still relies on maps. -- Nicholas Crane Geographical Magazine 17/02/2016