Digitality Origins, or the stories we tell ourselves

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The “Harvard Papers in Theoretical Geography” were edited by Bill Warntz (1922–88), the second director of the Harvard Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis (LCGSA). The point is to thicken the digital lines drawn with computation, recognizing these moments as technosocial – not in order to constitute a rigid intellectual history but to disrupt easy origin stories with the cul-de-sacs of experimentation and failure, tenuous allies and adversaries, and the fragility of thought and action. Pure regional geography would have a home, and the chief cartographer would be Erwin Raisz, who was introduced to Rice by William Morris Davis. William Warntz joined in 1966. Previously at the American Geographical Society in New York City with training as an economic geographer at Penn, Warntz had worked with John Q. Stewart at Princeton to advance a spatial social physics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecalibrating the Quantitative Revolution in Geography
Subtitle of host publicationTravels, Networks, Translations
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781000515596
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 selection and editorial matter, Ferenc Gyuris, Boris Michel and Katharina Paulus; individual chapters, the contributors.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (all)
  • Social Sciences (all)


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