Thursday, 9 January 2014

12 Maps That Changed the World - and some monsters too

Is the rather grandiose title of this compilation of 12 interesting maps. "We always get the map that our age deserves," a professor of Renaissance studies at Queen Mary University of London tells us, which is one of those impressive-sounding statements that is hard to disprove and possibly meaningless. A point that surprises me is the lack of a map generated by an Indian - there is a good Korean one, for example, but India tends to be overlooked.

Those maps should be compared with these ones. It seems that our age, the age of Google Maps, does not deserve the best monsters in the margins. If only Google Street View gave us the chance to zoom through a party picnicking on the back of a whale.

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