Why people make maps

12/19/2012 | BBC

In this interview, Jerry Brotton, professor of Renaissance studies at Queen Mary, University of London; Aris Venetikidis, a map designer; and Greg Asner, an earth scientist, discuss the nature of mapmaking. One reason people make maps is to gain an understanding of the world around them, said Brotton, author of "A History of the World in Twelve Maps." "The world is a huge place, and all cultures want to try and manage it in some way," he said. "And you do that by abstracting it, by turning it into lines, into symbols that are understandable to a community."

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