Tuesday, January 10, 2012


A Distorted Worldview

The Mercator Projection

What's wrong with this picture? Actually, it's the map that's wrong. Look for example at the size comparison between Iceland and Africa. (Hint: The photo below gives an accurate perspective; the map not so much.)

What does it mean that this map -- the Mercator Projection -- has been at the center of Western geographical "understanding" for the past several centuries?

The Earth from Space

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