- Gebundene Ausgabe: 464 Seiten
- Verlag: Gotham Books; Auflage: New. (27. Dezember 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 159240779X
- ISBN-13: 978-1592407798
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 3,2 x 22,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 705.202 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 27. Dezember 2012
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"Mr. Garfield uses cartography as a springboard to similar explorations of how we have viewed not only the world around us, but ourselves." —New York Journal of Books
"His droll humor and infectious curiosity will keep readers engrossed as he uncovers surprising ways in which maps chart our imaginations as much as they do the ground underfoot." —Publishers Weekly
"A fine, fun presentation of the brand of cartography that continues to whet our imaginations." —Kirkus Reviews
“Mr. Garfield's book serves an immense need, connecting the latest geocacher with both the ancient art and modern science of the cartographer. Each may benefit from learning how the other approaches maps. Mr. Garfield uniquely provides that bridge.”
–Pittsburgh Post Gazette
“Deep research and descriptive intensity. [Garfield] regales us with tales of such wonders as Britain's medieval Mappa Mundi… On the Map offers a world of revelation.” –USA Today
“There is a great deal that is good and charming and fun about this book.” – Washington Post
“Delightfully meandering.” – NPR.org
“Garfield has a knack for creating high-spirited, erudite and user-friendly books on subjects that may seem crashingly dull to all but a few fanatics. . . . Garfield is a terrific guide. . . . “On the Map” is a treasure: exhilarating, witty, compulsively readable and just plain fun.” –The Seattle Times
“Engaging …full of little conversation pieces” –Janet Maslin, New York Times
“Garfield is a wonderful writer who deploys suspense to excellent effect, making each chapter read like a delightful short story or mini-mystery; what might appear a dusty subject sparkles under his clear-eyed and witty writing.” – Smithsonian Magazine
“engrossing, endlessly fascinating… enlightening and impossible to put down… The length and breadth of his scholarship are staggering, while the witty tone makes for the most convivial of literary guides...an irresistible invitation to see the world, and delivering on his promise of “the map as story, the map as life.” –Booklist Starred Review
“Vastly entertaining.” --Bookpage
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Simon Garfield is the author of fourteen acclaimed books of nonfiction includingJust My Type. He lives in London and St. Ives, Cornwall.
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The hard cover come packed with plenty of monochrome maps and pictures of individuals related to maps. The forward by Dava Sobel set the tone for what is to come.
This book in describing maps takes us through all kinds of history but does not have the time to slowdown so the author Simon Garfield is counting on us already having a general knowledge about "42 life the universe and everything", or at least knowledge of people and history, so he can show how maps pull it all together. I feel that I just had an educational survey.
There is a small section on California as an island. I wonder if it was a misconception or a prediction. In any case the Dutch map form 1650 is a nice addition to the book.
Missing maps maybe a sequel:
Piri Reis Map of 1513 "a world map"
The Piri Reis Map of 1513 by Gregory C. McIntosh
California's Avocado Jungle
Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death
Map of Middle Earth
The Maps of Tolkien's Middle-earth by Brian Sibley
How to Teach With Topographic Maps by Dana Van Burgh
Makes you want to get out your National Geographic Maps.
You will never look at maps the same old way.
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It also covers much more information. Mapping is not just for geographical items. While those comprise the majority of the book, there is other kinds of information that is much more easily visualized when it is mapped, and the book explores those as well. For instance, the different regions of the brain. The book touches on Phrenology but then comes back to reality with an exploration of brain mapping.
Another topic that comes up multiple times is that it appears that mapping skills are dwindling since we have GPS satellites and receivers at our beck and call. Why carry an unwieldy set of paper maps around when you can simply tap on the screen of your phone or the device in your car, and it will take you to where you want to go? The future of mapping has simply moved to other areas, according to the author, as he points out to the popularity of various computer games and other human activities that require mapping to get the full enjoyment from them.
The book is full of various anecdotes that involve maps in one way or another. Whether it is an interview / look at rare map dealers, or even delving into the sordid affairs of rare map thieves, if it involves mapping of some kind, you can pretty well be assured that it is covered in the book.
Even schematic maps take their turn in this book with the story of how the London Underground map was created and why it is such a successful invention. Also included are the ancillary stories of the humorous maps that were created and resembled that well known map.
While this is a strength of the book, it can also be considered a negative part. I found some parts of the book to require slogging through it. With a heft of over 460 pages, it did take me a while to read through all of it, especially because of those parts that really required me to be determined to finish them and the concentration and strength of will to make it through them. Another oddity is that there are several mistakes in the map that adorns the inside covers. For some reason, Israel is shown as being to the East of Dubai; Buffalo is South of New York City and so on. What’s with that?
Overall, it’s an Ok book. It caught my attention via a review of it that I read in Smithsonian magazine and so I purchased it, but after working my way through it, I am not sure I should have. It’s just an OK effort unless you are really really into maps. I’m not ,so maybe I’m the problem?
The verb "to map" can be used in many different ways. Of course, the most popular way is "to map" geographical places, but you can also "map" diseases, family histories, economic development, and much, much more. Garfield writes about all these in his new book, but primarily focuses on mapping geographical places. He traces the development of maps from prehistoric ages, paying close attention to the various expeditions devoted to mapping what was then thought to be unknown. Expeditions like Lewis and Clark in the US northwest, the various expeditions to the polar regions, and the expeditions to find the China from Europe by going west. Garfield points out that by 1492, most geographers knew the world was round; the exact size and what lay where was still the missing component.
Simon Garfield is a lively writer, and he addresses both history and geography in his book. He writes about all the places that appeared on early, post-Columbus maps that simply didn't exist. A range of mountains in west Africa and several non-existent islands in the Pacific were the result of mangled streams of information. And the state of California was shown as an island in many early maps of the area. One of the most interesting things is to take a look at early maps of any area and see how detailed the shorelines were but how blank or underdeveloped the internal areas of countries and continents were. The book also has a really cool front and back piece; a map of the world with a super-imposed map of the type of the London tube system.
Garfield's book is full of little-known facts and explanations of well-known facts that would be of interest to most any map-addicts. It's a super read.
I found some of the last ~1/3 to be less interesting. However, I must admit that Google Maps, and maps of the brain are every bit as impactful on our civilization as some of those that allowed for exploration of the Silk Road and the New World. Read as much as you like, then ditch the rest.