Maphead

Maphead

Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography

Book - 2011/09/20
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Baker & Taylor
Traces the history of mapmaking while offering insight into the role of cartography in human civilization and sharing anecdotes about the cultural arenas frequented by map enthusiasts.

Baker
& Taylor

The Jeopardy! champion and best-selling author of Brainiac traces the history of mapmaking while offering insight into the role of cartography in human civilization and sharing lighthearted anecdotes about the cultural arenas frequented by his fellow map enthusiasts.

Simon and Schuster
It comes as no surprise that, as a kid, Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings slept with a bulky Hammond world atlas by his pillow every night. Maphead recounts his lifelong love affair with geography and explores why maps have always been so fascinating to him and to fellow enthusiasts everywhere.

Jennings takes readers on a world tour of geogeeks from the London Map Fair to the bowels of the Library of Congress, from the prepubescent geniuses at the National Geographic Bee to the computer programmers at Google Earth. Each chapter delves into a different aspect of map culture: highpointing, geocaching, road atlas rallying, even the “unreal estate” charted on the maps of fiction and fantasy. He also considers the ways in which cartography has shaped our history, suggesting that the impulse to make and read maps is as relevant today as it has ever been.

 

From the “Here be dragons” parchment maps of the Age of Discovery to the spinning globes of grade school to the postmodern revolution of digital maps and GPS, Maphead is filled with intriguing details, engaging anecdotes, and enlightening analysis. If you’re an inveterate map lover yourself—or even if you’re among the cartographically clueless who can get lost in a supermarket—let Ken Jennings be your guide to the strange world of mapheads.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2011/09/20
ISBN: 9781439167175
1439167176
Branch Call Number: 912 JEN
Characteristics: 276 p

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