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When Maps Become the World

Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther


Map making and, ultimately, map thinking is ubiquitous across literature, cosmology, mathematics, psychology, and genetics. We partition, summarize, organize, and clarify our world via spatialized representations. Our maps and, more generally, our representations seduce and persuade; they build and destroy. They are the ultimate record of empires and of our evolving comprehension of our world. This book is about the promises and perils of map thinking. Maps are purpose-driven abstractions, discarding detail to highlight only particular features of a territory. By preserving certain features at ... More

Keywords: cartography, mapping, philosophy of science, analogy, space, creativity, physics, environmental sciences, psychology, genetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226669670
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226674865.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther, author