Matt's Reviews > On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks

On the Map by Simon Garfield
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Jan 31, 2013

really liked it
Read from January 11 to 30, 2013

A very engaging popular history of cartography. Garfield's ever-expanding definition of "maps" makes for a fantastic journey as we travel from the Mappa Mundi to maps of the human brain with stops in the Dark Continent, Antarctica, and even Middle Earth along the way. Even if you have no interest in cartography, this is the history of how we understand and define our world. Garfield effortlessly tells the story of humanity's efforts to fill in the blank spaces on the map, making this a very enjoyable read.

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