We chart how maps have transformed the way we look at the world with Simon Garfield and Jerry Brotton…
From antiquity to the space age, maps have both expressed our view of the world and have helped to determine that vision. Jerry Brotton, author of A History of the World in Twelve Maps, explains how each of his chosen maps not only represents a time but a way of thinking, whether it is the scientific curiosity of Ptolemy’s second century AD Greece, or the urge for a new world perspective that inspired the still-controversial Peters Projection of 1973.
Simon Garfield looks at how the owners of modern map-making technology are using it to power the new capitalism, putting the consumer at the centre of what has become a world view that goes « from me-to-z ».
Plus, we listen in to some historic send-ups of cartography, from Lewis Carroll’s Hunting of the Snark to an episode of the West Wing. And we find out what maps mean to a group of 21st-century school students from the Arab Emirates.
Reblogged from Viv’s Academic Blog
See on www.guardian.co.uk