[Pdf] On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does BY Simon Garfield


The Pharaohs Secret (NUMA Files, dAn 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 theepth and insights that might elucidate fundamental uestions related to maps and human nature 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 The Long Ride Home d hazard to say that a majority of geeks and nerds are It s part of who we are and a natural expression of our imagination andeep passion for thingsIn the last couple of years there has been a few books about maps starting to be published It seems that we are all rediscovering our childhoods love of the atlas and also The Solomon Curse (Fargo Adventure, discovering that we weren t the weird outsider we thought we were The last book on maps I read was a beauty Maphead by the wonderfully hilarious Ken Jennings see my review on goodreadscom Ken takes a look at several applications of mapping in the last fewecades and engages with these activities interviews people involved and just has a lot of fun On the Map provides a The Alteration different and traditional look at maps by presenting a chronological history of cartography via selected maps or mapping techniues Simon takes us on a journey from the very first attempts at mapping the known world the Mappa Mundi right through to GPS systems and mapping in video gamesIt s hard not to compare Simon s work with Jennings even though they take aifferent perspective upon the subject and The Old Devils do compliment each other There were some points where I felt a little letown by Simon but I ll get to those points after because The Silver Cage despite these it was aamn good read Simon has chosen by far some very interesting tales to tell about the history of cartography and it seems he has Navigating the Interior Life done a greateal of research Each chapter is clear and concise and very entertaining It is clear that Simon is a great fan of maps and is enthusiastic to shareBut onto those niggling negatives and there are only two Firstly there is a chapter on mapping in video games that is uite well researched and he admits that the maps and geography in these games are intricate and the effort that goes into these works is astounding Yet he writes Dad! I Cant Sleep derisively about these games being time wasters and infers that people who play these games are on the fringe of society Surely he has heard of leisure activities and that normal people play these games not just unemployed stoners Anyway being a bit of a gamer especially a fan of sandbox games where mapping and geography get expressed in the most beautiful ways I feltisappointed that Simon The Killing Jar did not express a greater understanding and appreciation of these pointsSecondly there were instances when Simon interviewed a person about a subject that he was writing about and mentions going to meet this person etc But sometimes there was no information about this meeting or person for than a paragraph I am supposing that most of what he talked to the person about made it into the text as pure information but it seemed like that in a few instances I would have liked to have heard from that person and about that person I know I have written a lot about these negatives but they are very smallI purchased this book without looking at a single review and it was a great surprise that it was so good Ion t often purchase books blindly these ays Part of the motivation was that a few weeks previously I had visited a great exhibition of maps in Canberra National Library for all the Australians Go see it It was a great surprise to have a Canberra National Library for all the Australians Go see it It was a great surprise to have a part of a chapter about one of the highlights of that exhibition the Fra Mauro world mapSo Simon Has Produced A Wonderful produced a wonderful that expresses eep love for the subject It is both "a fun and informative read that is also well written I recommend "fun and informative read that is also well written I recommend book for anyone who loves maps Yes you 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 had east at the top If I Starring Tracy Beaker did I forgotten it And it s always fun to read about the kind of peoples that populated those early maps not just ragons and sea monsters but exotic cryptozoologica from the Classical world like the sciapods A mythical race of people supposed to have lived at the southern edge of the ancient Greek and Roman world who each had a single leg ending in a foot of immense size with which they shaded themselves from the heat of the sun OEDOther oddities survived to the modern era The Mountains of Kong first appeared on James Rennell s map of Africa in 1798 and were still being charted into the early twentieth century espite the fact that they were a figment of Rennell s imagination And even modern maps have The Matchmaker of Périgord deliberately invented features every A Z of London includes a so called phantom typically a remote cule sac which has no real world correlative and is purely there for copyright purposesSo far so good But this book tries to The March Up do way too much There is a chapter on Treasure Island just because a map was vaguely involved There is a chapter on Scott s expedition to the Antarctic A crude map was indeedrawn of their route but this is an incident from the history of exploration not of cartography There is a chapter on the boardgame Risk By the time we got on to Martian canals and CT scans of brain tissue I was getting the Home School Detectives 1-8 distinct feeling that Garfield had let his remit slip away from himWhat I really wanted was a focussed story that told me about for instance theifferent projections that people have used to try and solve the problem of representing a spherical surface on a plane I was actually expecting this evolution to be the bulk of the book but in fact it s all crammed into one short section on MercatorIt s all a bit of a shame since a lot of the problems here could have been simply ealt with by judicious use of the backspace key uring the editing process Still the writing is ecent the anecdotal value is high and if you re prepared to skim through some irrelevancies there s a lot here to learn and enjo. 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. .



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On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it DoesThis 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 rather not The Method do that So let me make the comparison now and then move on On the Map is neither asetailled 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 Garfield covers very similar territory less thoroughly I ll give him some points for style but otherwise H12M is the far surperior choice for people interested in history maps or the history of mapsWhere the two books Tempting the Fire (ACRO, diverge is probably in their audience On the Map is ostensibly about maps with history as a backdrop to the story of cartography H12M is about history told through maps So there s that But this is not good for On the Map because I found that H12M often exceeded it in terms of theetail it goes into about the The War on Land development and creation of mapsI was thinking about how I read and remember non fiction books while reading this It has been over a year since I read H12M Ion t remember much about it My memory sucks Why Sophia did I bother to read the book at all if Ion t remember anything that I learned from it And if I m not going to remember much from a book why should I care if it is The Book of the Heathen detailled or notWell hopefully Iid learn something from it and it will bubble to the surface of my mind at the appropriate moment at a cocktail party where I can regurgitate it and look smarter than I am And when that happens it s the The Drift Latitudes details I recall While reading about the Cassini project to map France or the acuisition of the Waldesemuller map in this book I recalled Brotton siscussions in H12M I even went so far as to pull the book from my shelf and glance over those sections againSo when I read non fiction and this is where I ll stop comparing On the Map to H12M I promise I need little The Day the Falls Stood Still details that will get stuck in my brain like burrs I ll feel the itch but won t necessarily know they are present until they resurface Unfortunately Garfield s surface treatment makes it harder for those burrs to formHe s at his best wheniscussing individuals and particularly contemporary individuals he can interview himself His journalist credentials are obviously on Landscape Grading display when heiscusses how he tracked The Cradle King down and met with an obscure person in the maps world And those chapters are lovely Theyon t always stick to maps per se as the topic of A Dead Man in Istanbul (Seymour of Special Branch, discussion but they show as Garfield probably intends the human element of mapmaking Garfield successfully chronicles the way that mapmaking has mirrored the political and philosophicalifferences throughout historySome of my favourite chapters iscuss how people relate to maps Chapter 8 chronicles the rise of the atlas and Chapter 16 talks about the evolution of guidebooks Garfield goes beyond the nitty gritty of how these maps were produced and talks about the business and economics behind the mapmaking I enjoyed reading about how the public seized upon maps as a new way of seeing their world these ays who The Olivetti Chronicles doesn t check out their house on Google Street View And the idea that guidebooks revolutionized travel across a newly industrialized Europe especially for single women was very interesting It puts into perspective the literature of the time that I love to readIn later chapters Garfield goes on to address the rise ofigital mapmaking I wish he had The Lost Heart of Asia done with this he pretty much just says it exists and here s how GPS works butoesn t go much The Hungry Tide deeper than that Heoesn t talk too much about the surveillance implications of mapmaking HE DOESN T TALK MUCH ABOUT doesn t talk much about He seems interested in chronicling the rise of the various GPS and satnav firms who bought whom etc For some people I m sure this is very fascinating but it wasn t uite what I was looking for and it idn t match the human element that Garfield elucidates in previous chaptersOn the Map is a very uneven book At times it is sumptuous in its iscussion of book At times it is sumptuous in its Dead of Night discussion of and mapmaking At times it isisappointing in the irections that Garfield pursues some of these are a matter of taste some are a matter of style It s not my favourite map book but I recommend it if all you want is a sporadic The Night Before Christmas discussion of mapmaking 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 Howemographic maps were used to fight Just for Christmas disease epidemicsThe final part considers if the cliche that there are sexifferences in navigation has any basis in fact Perhaps the abridger took a shortcut but I fear that studies of rats and just so stories about presumed hah prehistoric gender roles Hope for Christmas (Noel, Montana, don t make a strong case either way The rant against satellite assisted navigation uite possibly a fad seems unnecessaryI listened to an abridged audio adaptation Iidn 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 o but his health was too fragile for the job There s a great anecdote 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 istracting 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 I m a huge fan anyway and I m writing a series set in and "since I m a huge fan anyway and I m writing a series set in and there I was hooked from the get go by passages like this one Mark Antony replenished the Library s stocks in 37 BC by raiding the Library of Pergamum and Corporate Divas donating some two hundred t 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 willelight fans of Geography fine art and those who wish to explore the world and study The Meadow different continents and countries This book explores our loves for maps I confess that I have a nerd like relationship with maps especially historical maps I can watch them and study them endlessly and alwayso new iscoveries adding the visual information to what I already have in my brain offering a new perspective on things Simon Garfield knows this kind of predicament very well 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 earer 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. .

E brings a very light and yet well Daddyji; Mamaji documented history of theevelopment of cards up to and including the stage of the Fauna Und Flora Der Adria; Ein Systematischer Meeresführer Für Biologen Und Naturfreunde In Der Gemeinschaft digital maps He s not afraid of anecdotes and great storylines and that is of course nice but his very British focus ratherisrupts this work And the rapid technological Ethics in Criminal Justice developments threaten to outdate his concluding chapter very rapidly this book was edited in the autumn of 2012 Anyway for the freaks this is absolutely a must A collection of entertaining anecdotes Not particularly mind expanding not at all knowledge expanding unfortunately One good sample tidbit is that the popular Hic suntracones here there be ragons 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 The poetical intro by Dava Sobel is the best chapter Not for Mapheads this one Not the right kinda trivia Another tidbit for the curious from the second best chapter in the book Steinberg s Manhattanite s view of the world the precursor to many of the maps that invade your facebook timelines periodically The parody has been parodied many times but the best modern parallel and certainly the rudest is to be found in the work of the much travelled Bulgarian graphic esigner Yanko Tsvetkov Tsvetkov who works under the name Alphadesigner may well have constructed the most offensive and cynical atlas in the world all of it stereotypical some of it funny His Mercator projection entitled The World According to Americans showed a Russia labelled simply Commies and a Canada labelled Vegetarians He has also produced the Ultimate Bigot s Supersize Calendar of the World which includes Europe According to the Greeks In this one the bulk of European citizens live in the Union of Stingy Workaholics while the UK is categorised as George Michael 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 Brink of Passion (Alpine Woods Shifters, 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 withevelopment 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 La conquista del aire 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 Ion 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 Bibir Tersenyum Hati Menangis 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 arive For Lewis and Clarke s foray across the Louisiana Purchase to the Pacific the interest was extreme for the reams of the United States The evelopment of Circles of Healing different projections forisplaying flat maps of a round world was a major The Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations development ofifferent projections for Building Node.js REST API with TDD Approach: 10 Steps Complete Guide for Node.js, Express.js MongoDB RESTful Service with Test-Driven Development displaying flat maps of a round world was a major The popularity of the Mercator projection has notiminished since 1569 espite 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 ownward 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 The Management of Luxury distance as the shortest path between two points on a sphere the line that inscribes the Earth siameter Other topics are relevant to our current Bright Ruin (Dark Gifts dependence on maps theevelopment of atlases maps of cities for tourists from Baedeker to Michelin guides the mash up of geography with Radically Simple demographic or epidemiologyata eg a cholera map of London in 1849 pointing a finger "At Certain Supplies The "certain water the of treasure maps and the The R.A. Lafferty Fantastic MEGAPACK® 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 automobileevice computerized mapping and the advent of GPS enabled smartphones and Google Earth I was personally isappointed 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 espite 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 Fearless and Free does each growing fiber have a chemical coordinate system oro 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 Swede Dreams discovery ofiscontinuous or interdigitating mappings in the brain various layer and stripe systems reveal that continuous mappings Whats Your Type? do not comprise the only solution I see. Ut in cars Scientists have even suggested that mapping not language is what elevated our prehistoric ancestors from apeom 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


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