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Simon Garfield starts his journey through the story of maps in the Great Library of Alexandria where, for the first time, scholars began to plot the wider world.
Ptolemy's atlas of AD 150 was to provide a template of the world for more than a thousand years and it was a version of this that Columbus took with him when he set sail for Japan in 1492.
Producer: Clive Brill A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.
#1 - All Facebook, Google and human contact maps. Dawkins.
#2 - After the brilliant theories of Alexandria, the world appeared to fall into a cartographic dark age for about a thousand years.
#3 - Simon Garfield's journey through the world of maps investigates why America was named after a man who got there a year after Christopher Columbus.
#4 - Simon Garfield's journey through the world of maps shows how the plotting of a special map of London led a Victorian doctor to the source of cholera and enabled him to conquer it.
#5 - Is it true that women are less good at navigating than men - or do they just have different ways of finding their bearings? Simon Garfield concludes his journey through maps.