The new old cartography

A nice review of some of the notable maps of the just-completed year, with a little bit of map history (carefully omitting much, as any good map should) as an intro.

a Ideas Blog post, 12 January 2009

Geography | How the new cartography is like mapmaking in the Middle Ages: Today’s maps are “geographically accurate beyond the dreams of a medieval mind,” yet they’re still, perhaps more than ever, vehicles for representing the world’s geography as the mapmaker idiosyncratically interprets it — never mind getting from point A to point B. [Boston Globe]

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