Timeless Temples—a Journey Through Emma Willard’s Chronographic Masterpieces

“Can’t duration be imitated and represented as significantly, as distinctly as space, and can’t intervals also be counted by degrees?”
—Jacques Barbeau Dubourg, 1753

“It is as scientific and intelligible to represent time by space, as it is to represent space by space.”
—Emma Willard, 1850

On a crisp October morning, I boarded the commuter train for Palo Alto to meet Professor Susan Schulten, who was in town to headline a conference at Stanford University’s temple to cartography—the David Rumsey Map Center.

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