On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks

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Cartography enthusiasts rejoice: the bestselling author of Just My Type reveals the fascinating relationship between man and map.

Simon Garfield’s Just My Type illuminated the world of fonts and made everyone take a stand on Comic Sans and care about kerning. Now Garfield takes on a subject even dearer to our fanatical human hearts: maps.

Imagine a world without maps. How would we travel? Could we own land? What would men and women argue about in cars? Scientists have even suggested that mapping—not language—is what elevated our prehistoric ancestors from ape-dom. Follow the history of maps from the early explorers’ maps and the awe-inspiring medieval Mappa Mundi to Google Maps and the satellite renderings on our smartphones, Garfield explores the unique way that maps relate and realign our history—and reflect the best and worst of what makes us human.

Featuring a foreword by Dava Sobel and packed with fascinating tales of cartographic intrigue, outsize personalities, and amusing “pocket maps” on an array of subjects from how to fold a map to the strangest maps on the Internet, On the Map is a rich historical tapestry infused with Garfield’s signature narrative flair. Map-obsessives and everyone who loved Just My Type will be lining up to join Garfield on his audacious journey through time and around the globe.

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About the author

Simon Garfield is the author of fourteen acclaimed books of nonfiction including Just My Type. He lives in London and St. Ives, Cornwall.
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Publisher
Penguin
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Published on
Dec 27, 2012
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Pages
464
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ISBN
9781101606575
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Historical Geography
Reference / Atlases, Gazetteers & Maps
Travel / Maps & Road Atlases
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This content is DRM protected.
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Jerry Brotton
A New York Times Bestseller
 
“Maps allow the armchair traveler to roam the world, the diplomat to argue his points, the ruler to administer his country, the warrior to plan his campaigns and the propagandist to boost his cause… rich and beautiful.” – Wall Street Journal

Throughout history, maps have been fundamental in shaping our view of the world, and our place in it. But far from being purely scientific objects, maps of the world are unavoidably ideological and subjective, intimately bound up with the systems of power and authority of particular times and places. Mapmakers do not simply represent the world, they construct it out of the ideas of their age. In this scintillating book, Jerry Brotton examines the significance of 12 maps - from the almost mystical representations of ancient history to the satellite-derived imagery of today. He vividly recreates the environments and circumstances in which each of the maps was made, showing how each conveys a highly individual view of the world. Brotton shows how each of his maps both influenced and reflected contemporary events and how, by considering it in all its nuances and omissions, we can better understand the world that produced it.

Although the way we map our surroundings is more precise than ever before, Brotton argues that maps today are no more definitive or objective than they have ever been. Readers of this beautifully illustrated and masterfully argued book will never look at a map in quite the same way again.

“A fascinating and panoramic new history of the cartographer’s art.”
– The Guardian
 
“The intellectual background to these images is conveyed with beguiling erudition…. There is nothing more subversive than a map.”
– The Spectator
 
“A mesmerizing and beautifully illustrated book.”
—The Telegraph




From the Trade Paperback edition.
Colin Woodard
Simon Garfield
Cronometrados es una brillante exploración de las formas en que hemos percibido, contenido y ahorrado el tiempo a lo largo de los últimos 250 años, narrado en el estilo ingenioso y entretenido del maravilloso Simon Garfield.

No hace mucho medíamos nuestras vidas por el movimiento del sol. Hoy la hora nos llega de todas partes con insistencia, y lo que impulsa nuestras vidas es la idea de que nunca vamos a tener suficiente de lo que más anhelamos: el tiempo. ¿Cómo hemos llegado a ser dominados por algo tan arbitrario?

Este es un libro sobre nuestra obsesión por el tiempo y por medirlo, controlarlo, venderlo, filmarlo, inmortalizarlo y darle sentido. A lo largo de los últimos 250 años, el tiempo se ha convertido en una fuerza dominante y omnipresente en nuestras vidas. ¿Por qué, tras miles de años orientándonos vagamente mirando el cielo, hemos pasado a necesitar continua y compulsivamente las señales de nuestros ordenadores y móviles, de una precisión milimétrica?

A medida que la gestión del tiempo se convierte en nuestro mayor desafío, esta historia contada en varias capas nos ayuda a hacer frente a él con una luz nueva y brillante.

La crítica ha dicho...
«Simon Garfield es aquel profesor de escuela que lograba que el tiempo volara.»
The Observer

«Todo un manjar. Garfield es adictivo, y Cronometrados rebosa de material fascinante. Un libro de lo más divertido e iluminador.»
Robin McKie, The Guardian

«Cuando se trata de encontrar anécdotas deliciosas y recónditas, Simon Garfield es un verdadero sabueso.»
The Sunday Times

«Cronometrados es de lo mejor en historia divulgativa.»
Express

«Una colección ecléctica de reflexiones sobre nuestra relación con el tiempo.»
The Times

«Una delicia. Gloriosamente divertido.»
Daily Express

«Simon Garfield es el mejor guía para acompañarnos en este viaje por el tiempo.»

Daniel Pink, autor de Drive

«Garfield es un gran contador de historias.»
Independent on Sunday

«Garfield tiene un gran talento para deleitar a sus lectores y contagiarlos con su entusiasmo por las cuestiones más misteriosas de la vida.»
The Times

«Simon Garfield, uno de los más exitosos autores de este tipo de libros divertidos, curiosos, disparatados y a la vez eruditos, que pretenden agotar un tema sin renunciar a hacernos reír ni a explorar el lado jocoso de la realidad. Y he vuelto a sentir la misma sensación que me domina cada vez que caigo en uno de estos ensayos: envidia. Porque forman un género abundante lleno de maestros en la tradición anglosajona, pero prácticamente no existen en la española.»
Revista para leer, Sergio del Molino

«El libro está deliciosamente escrito, está jalonado de curiosidades bien hiladas e integradas en su contexto histórico, y siempre da la impresión de que el saber enciclopédico del autor se exhibe orgánicamente, nada de un dato detrás de otro al estilo de una aburrida y sosa enciclopedia por tomos.»

Sergio Parra, Xataka Ciencia

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