Monday, February 25, 2013
Simon Garfield tells the history of maps from the early explorers’ maps to the satellite renderings on our smartphones. He explains how maps reflect the best and worst of what makes us human. His book On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks is full of fascinating tales of cartographic intrigue, outsize personalities, and “pocket maps.”
Friday, August 20, 2010
By Britta Conroy-Randall : WNYC Culture Desk
I like to collect old road maps, and when the need arises for me to draw a map for a visiting friend or relative, I'll admit I fancy myself a pretty good cartographer. But sometimes I find myself the artist of a bizarrely scaled and oddly detailed map which names all the trees, statues, and potholes in the vicinity but omits important details like street names.