We over here at Bellerby and Co are always learning new things about the world. Creating our own maps… hand painting the details and stretching the gores slowly piece by piece.. we still see new things and get a greater understanding every day.
The map, as an innovation, is extremely important. Simply constructing a useful representation of our world onto a piece of paper (or a globe!) vastly increased the capabilities of humankind.
In this video a very enthusiastic young lad talks you through about 42 maps that are really amazing…. and how we continue to add and alter this medium, in ways that allow for greater understanding of our world and even of ourselves.
Interesting reminder on how things get distorted when you take globe and unwrap it in to a flat rectangular map. Who knew you could sail in a straight line from Pakistan to Russia?
Also… North being up is completely arbitrary? East used to be up until the Renaissance!
… and more on one of our favourites that he mentions.. a day in the life of air traffic all over the world.