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


For the Love of Maps: Foreword 11(4)
Dava Sobel
Introduction: The Map That Wrote Itself 15(6)
1 What Great Minds Knew
21(21)
How the ancient Greeks---Eratosthenes and Ptolemy---first worked out the size and shape of the world and our place upon it
2 The Men Who Sold the World
42(21)
The day Britain's greatest cartographic treasure---the medieval Mappa Mundi---went to the auction houses to fix a leaky roof
It's 1250, Do You Know Where You Are?
58(5)
3 The World Takes Shape
63(12)
The world centers on Jerusalem---and the Poles appear
Here Be Dragons
72(3)
4 Venice, China and a Trip to the Moon
75(12)
How the Italians became the world's greatest mapmakers, and then the Germans, and then the Dutch. And how a Venetian friar discovered the secrets of the East and ended up on the moon
5 The Mystery of Vinland
87(16)
Did Norse sailors really reach and map America before Columbus?
Or is the world's most curious map fakery's finest hour?
6 Welcome to Amerigo
103(22)
In which Ptolemy reappears in Europe and America gets named after the wrong man
California as an Island
121(4)
7 What's the Good of Mercator?
125(15)
How the world looked in 1569---and today, even if the UN still favors the Postel Azimuthal Equidistant
Keeping It Quiet: Drake's Silver Voyage
135(5)
8 The World in a Book
140(27)
In which the Atlas becomes a craze in seventeenth-century Holland, is adopted by The Times, and then turns to agitprop
Lions, Eagles and Gerrymanders
160(7)
9 Mapping a Cittee (without forder troble)
167(14)
London gets the map bug, too, pioneers street mapping, and John Ogilby charts the course of every major road in Britannia
10 Six Increasingly Coordinated Tales of the Ordnance Survey
181(23)
Britain, spurred by Jacobite revolt, makes the Ordnance Survey, extending to India. But what is the symbol for a picnic site?
A Nineteenth-Century Murder Map
200(4)
11 The Legendary Mountains of Kong
204(19)
How an impassable mountain range spread and spread, until a French army officer found it wasn't there
The Low-down Lying Case of Benjamin Morrell
220(3)
12 The Opening of America and the Gridding of Manhattan
223(12)
How Lewis and Clark filled out the American canvas, and how New York plotted its future
13 Cholera and the Map that Stopped It
235(17)
How mapping played its part in identifying the cause of the disease
Across Australia with Burke and Wills
246(6)
14 "X" Marks the Spot: Treasure Island
252(17)
Treasure maps in literature and life
J.M. Barrie Fails to Fold a Pocket Map
267(2)
15 The Worst Journey in the World to the Last Place to Be Mapped
269(24)
How explorers found the South Pole without a map, and named the region after their families, friends and enemies
Charles Booth Thinks You're Vicious
288(5)
16 Maps in All Our Hands: A Brief History of the Guidebook
293(20)
The majestic foldout engravings of Murray and Baedeker give way to another cartographic dark age
The Biggest Map of All: Beck's London Tube
307(6)
17 Casablanca, Harry Potter and Where Jennifer Aniston Lives
313(14)
In which the Muppets perfect travel by map and we stalk the stars. A Hare-raising Masquerade
324(3)
18 How to Make a Very Big Globe
327(25)
From scratch... when you used to run a bowling alley
Churchill's Map Room
347(5)
19 The Biggest Map Dealer, the Biggest Map Thief
352(20)
How tempting are maps---and just what kind of dealers and thieves do they attract?
Women Can't Read Maps. Oh, Really?
366(6)
20 Driving Into Lakes: How GPS Put the World in a Box
372(22)
How we learned to watch the dullest in-flight movie ever---and, with GPS, the Dutch once again took over the world's mapping
The Canals of Mars
385(9)
21 Pass Go and Proceed Directly to Skyrim
394(16)
Maps as games, from jigsaw puzzles to Risk, and why computer games may be the future of cartography
22 Mapping the Brain
410(34)
What taxi drivers have to offer the world of the neuroscientist
Epilogue: The Instant, Always-On, Me-Mapping of Everywhere
424(20)
How the Internet changed everything
Acknowledgments 444(2)
Bibliography 446(3)
Picture Credits 449(1)
Index 450