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    (Read) [On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does] characters On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does Amiable intermittently fascinating and too comprehensive for its own good – On the Map is all over the map When it's good it's very good at least if you're a chartophile like me and it offers a rich storehouse of anecdotes on everything and everyone from Ptolemy to Skyrim But as a single narrative it never really hangs togetherDid I know before I read this that the concept of ‘orienting’ oneself comes from the fact that medieval maps

  2. says: (Read) [On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does] Simon Garfield ò 8 free download characters On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does

    (Read) [On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does] Simon Garfield ò 8 free download characters On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does Who here loves maps and can pore over a map of an unknown territory real or fictional for hours imagining the geography and the adventures to be had? Yeah you are one of those people a lot of us are In fact I'd hazard to say that a majority o

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    (Read) [On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does] I couldn’t resist the subject It was worth the read as he covers all of the subject areas that I liked and what I believe would interest most people However his presentation was often light and lacking in cohesion in critical area

  4. says: (Read) [On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does] Simon Garfield ò 8 free download free read ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ò Simon Garfield

    (Read) [On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does] characters On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does A collection of entertaining anecdotes Not particularly mind expanding not at all knowledge expanding unfortunately One good sample tidbit is that the popular ‘ Hic sunt dracones’ here there be dragons is just a misrepresentation those words never permeated medieval maps after all Another is the origin of the expression 'orienting oneself' If the bulk of the anecdotes were similarly obscure or offbeat the book might have been worth it

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    (Read) [On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does] characters On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does I confess that I have a nerd like relationship with maps especially historical maps I can watch them and study them endlessly and always do new discoveries adding the visual information to what I already have in my brain of

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    free read ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ò Simon Garfield Simon Garfield ò 8 free download characters On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does This fascinating geographical look at our world is completely enthralling and which takes you on the most exciting remarkable journey This be

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    free read ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ò Simon Garfield (Read) [On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does] I'm still not sure I've completely read this book because I found it impossible to read it straight through beginning to end as the bits and pieces of it are so much fun as to be totally distracting I felt like I had ADD the entire time I was reading it or trying toOkay he started out with the Great Library of Alexandria and since

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    characters On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does (Read) [On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does] free read ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ò Simon Garfield I didn't like this one as much as I was expecting largely because the graphics were god awful time after time the author would be talking abo

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    (Read) [On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does] Confident and fascinating history of the production and uses of maps Maps in the Great Library of Alexandria The subseuent cartographic Dark Age Why the Americas were named after a man who arrived a year after Columbus How demographic maps were used to fight disease epidemicsThe final part considers if the cliche that there are sex differe

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    Simon Garfield ò 8 free download (Read) [On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does] This is the second map book I’ve read recently the other being A History of the World in Twelve Maps These two books are similar enough that I could spend the entire review comparing them but I’d rather not do that So let me make the comparison now and then move on On the Map is neither as detailled nor for me at least as satisfying as A History of the World in Twelve Maps or H12M as I’ll call it from now on Simon

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summary On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does 108 Cartography enthusiasts rejoice the bestselling author of the Just My Type reveals the fascinating relationship between man and mapSimon Garfield’s Just My Type illuminated the world of fonts and made everyone take a stand on Comic Sans and care about kerning Now Garfield takes on a subject even dearer to our fanatical human hearts mapsImagine a world without maps How would we travel Could we own land What would men and women argue abo. I couldn t resist the subject It was worth the read as he covers all of the subject areas that I liked and what I believe would interest most people However his presentation was often light and lacking in cohesion in critical areasHow maps evolved and helped shape our view of the world is the biggest focus We start with Ptolemy achieving an accurate estimate of the diameter for our spherical world and early influential maps and globes that at least put the Mediterranean world in place The loss of his perspective for about a millennium was a surprise made up for with development of medieval maps filled with morality messages and pathways to Jerusalem The stories of explorers such as Marco Polo allowed filling in maps with guesses and mistakes on geography of the Middle East and East Eventually of the perimeters of Africa could be added and then the discovery of the New World accelerated interest in maps The history of the misnaming of America was new to me and interesting Amerigo Vespucci apparently forged letters to support a claim of reaching Venezuela before Columbus whose prior voyages had only hit the West Indies The case of Cortes naming the Yucatan peninsula based on mistranslation of a Native s response to his uery with the Mayan phrase for I don t understand you Odd mistakes in mapping that got continued in subseuent maps even for centuries made for entertaining anecdotes eg the Mountains of Kong in West Africa and islands that didn t exist The excitement of blank spaces on maps fed the hunger of explorers with Africa and finally Antarctica the last places to satisfy such a drive For Lewis and Clarke s foray across the Louisiana Purchase to the Pacific the interest was extreme for the dreams of the United States The development of different projections for displaying flat maps of a round world was a major topic The popularity of the Mercator projection has not diminished since 1569 despite the inaccurate portrayal of land masses in the northern hemisphere as relatively larger than in reality eg Europe larger than South America rather than half its size Such cartographic imperialism was corrected with the Peters cylindrical projection but it was just too unaesthetic with its image of continents stretched downward like clothes on a line Unfortunately Garfield failed to explain clearly the bases of various projections or even to explain the issues of using flat maps for navigation No reference is made to the so called great circle distance as the shortest path between two points on a sphere the line that inscribes the Earth s diameter Other topics are relevant to our current dependence on maps the development of atlases maps of cities for tourists from Baedeker to Michelin guides the mash up of geography with demographic or epidemiology data eg a cholera map of London in 1849 pointing a finger at certain water supplies the allure of treasure maps and the development of fantasy maps from the canals of Mars to Neverland and Middle Earth and the functional artistry of city subway maps The use of maps to visualize a plan takes form with examples of the gridding of Manhattan in the 18th century and of Churchill s addiction to his map room to guide the war effort With public access to GPS the world gets changed after the Dutch invention of the TomTom automobile device computerized mapping and the advent of GPS enabled smartphones and Google Earth I was personally disappointed how little mapping is connected to psychology and brain science A brief touch is made on the misconception of women being poorer than men at reading maps In one sentence Dawkins is uoted that the ability to make a map to plan a hunting trip may have been important in hominid evolutionary success Nothing meaningful is covered on the biology of animal migrations or the still baffling issue that navigation reuires both compass and map Maps of function in the brain gets a brief visit with phrenology maps and an image of Brodmann s chart of gross functions Not even the sensorimotor homunculus is mentioned Hippocampal place cells get a tiny mention despite being an intense subject of research for 40 years For about 10 years of my former neuroscience career I was concerned with how maps in the brain are achieved does each growing fiber have a chemical coordinate system or do physical constrains timing competition and activity shape the final pattern I was surprised to have to learn spherical trigonometry to assess compression in the visual map of the goldfish visual field on a reduced target Even the very principle of topography in maps that nearest neighbors a b c of one plane correspond to a b c in the mapping plane is strangely absent The discovery of discontinuous or interdigitating mappings in the brain various layer and stripe systems reveal that continuous mappings do not comprise the only solution I see an analogy for the hand being enlarged in the sensory homunculus with the famous Steinberg New Yorker map of the Manhattanite s view of the US where beyond the edge of New York you get a patch of plain and a bump of the Rockies before you get a vision of Los Angeles and San Francisco in CaliforniaThus I would say most would find this an easy read and useful way to learn something about a range of interesting aspects in the history of maps but it misses the entertaining angles a writer like Bryson might pull off and lacks the depth and insights that might elucidate fundamental uestions related to maps and human nature

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summary On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does 108 Ut in cars Scientists have even suggested that mapping not language is what elevated our prehistoric ancestors from ape dom Follow the history of maps from the early explorers’ maps and the awe inspiring medieval Mappa Mundi to Google Maps and the satellite renderings on our smartphones Garfield explores the uniue way that maps relate and realign our history and reflect the best and worst of what makes us humanFeaturing a foreword by D. This fascinating geographical look at our world is completely enthralling and which takes you on the most exciting remarkable journey This beautiful book is something to treasure and which will delight fans of Geography fine art and those who wish to explore the world and study different continents and countries This book explores our loves for maps and for looking at the world and which many readers including myself will find not only fascinating and enchanting but something that is to treasure for all time I personally connected to this book as my own Grandmother who was an artist drew the maps during World War two for Sir Winston Churchill so as they could locate where to bomb Germany and so this brought to me a real sense of nostalgia and significance that touched my heart I also love drawing by hand my own maps which I have done for art and for Geography studies as someone who finds the world we live in absolutely fascinating and who like Sir David Attenborough wishes to explore and delve deeper beneath the surface as there is so much too see and so much to know This book may have connected with me on a personal and intimate level but I also loved it for a great piece of narrative and something highly enjoyable to read What Simon Garfield has to say is truly fascinating extraordinary and which gives the reader such an insight as you will have never experienced before It is true that maps fascinate us and that they not only chart our understanding of the world and log our progress but also above all they tell our stories From the early sketches of Philosophers and explorers to Google Maps and beyond Simon Garfield examines how maps relate to our history ie for example during wars or going further back in time when explorers visited uninhabited Islands or distant remote places of the worldHis compelling narratives range from the uest to creating the perfect globe and to the challenges of mapping Africa and Antarctica from spellbinding treasure maps to the naming of America from Ordnance Survey to the mapping of Monopoly and Skyrim and from rare map dealers to cartographic frauds I must admit getting excited about the Pirate treasure maps En route there are pocket map tales on dragons and undergrounds a nineteenth century murder map the research conducted on the different ways that men and women approach a map and an explanation of the curious long term cartographic role played by animals On The Map is a witty and irrepressible examination of where we ve been how we got there and where we re goingThis book is so exciting and which covers every kind of map you can possibly think of used in both real life Middle Earth Pirates and great World Wars to explorers from time gone by this really is the most comprehensive and wide ranging guide I have ever encountered Delightful and mesmerizing one can sense the author s enthusiasm and passion for his subject through the pages and which captures your attention instantly so that you are drawn into the book which I can only compare to say when David Attenborough is talking about an exotic animal televised and you are instantly pulled into what he is saying for his fervor is infectious Completely enthralling to all whether you are looking at an Ordinance Survey or a map of London one is simply enchanted by this beautiful book that twinkles with the delight of discovery If you are traveling or journeying abroad then this book is a must have companion as it takes one on a fascinating voyage of discovery which ultimately heightens ones exciting experiences when we travel to somewhere This is a brilliant book and one that I highly recommend to any budding expeditionary

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summary On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does 108 Ava Sobel and packed with fascinating tales of cartographic intrigue outsize personalities and amusing “pocket maps” on an array of subjects from how to fold a map to the strangest maps on the Internet On the Map is a rich historical tapestry infused with Garfield’s signature narrative flair Map obsessives and everyone who loved Just My Type will be lining up to join Garfield on his audacious journey through time and around the glo. I didn t like this one as much as I was expecting largely because the graphics were god awful time after time the author would be talking about an old map and there would be a half page illustration that was utterly unreadable I suppose that was on his publisher and too small a budget to allow actual plates PityThere are certainly some gems here Such as Robert Louis Stevenson of Treasure Island fame He came from a family of marine engineers specializing in building lighthouses and that s what he was trained to do but his health was too fragile for the job There s a great anecdote about his Grandfather who designed and built the monumental Bell Rock lighthouse off Arbroath in 1810 His grandpa made a map of the vicinity naming 70 features after friends co workers and also a series of treacherous rocks named after meddlesome lawyers and bureaucratsThen there was the strange case of the Mountains of Kong in West Africa which appeared on a map published in 1798 based on misreading an explorer s report The Mountains of Kong continued to appear on various maps until 1889 when a French geographer explored the course of the Niger River from Bamako in present day Mali to the coast He found nothing at the mapped location of these mountains not even a range of hills I read this because of Dana Stabenow s enthusiastic review at But now I see a number of less enthusiastic reviews too While I don t regret reading it I m not strongly recommending that you do so

  • Hardcover
  • 464
  • On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does
  • Simon Garfield
  • English
  • 27 April 2020
  • 9781592407798