A Map Is A Map, Right? Not Exactly.

Maps are wonderful to explore and sometimes are exquisitely beautiful. They also present visions of space and fact that typically distort some aspects of reality in favor of others. Let's explore the stories that maps tell.


Why All World Maps Are Wrong - Why making a fully accurate world map is impossible.
Five maps that will change how you see the world - The way a map is drawn has profound implications for our understanding of the world we live in.
The Mercator Projection map has been widely used for generations. It also profoundly distorts the relative sizes of countries. Here's a tool that allows you do compare the real geographical size of a country with how it appears in a Mercator Projection map.
Japanese designers created the most accurate map projection ever - The map can be fit into different shapes without losing its accuracy. View the larger format version at the award site.
The University of Chicago Press has made the first three volumes of the History of Cartography available free online (PDF format). Read more about “the most ambitious overview of map making ever undertaken,” and see images of maps from all over the globe and throughout recorded human history, here.
The David Rumsey Map Collection offers free online access to 67,000 maps from all over the globe, spanning five centuries. The entire collection of high resolution images can be searched, browsed, viewed, and downloaded for free.