Le mappe, è indiscutibile, non sono solo indispensabili ma hanno gran fascino. Ci permettono di orientarci, e questo non è poco, ma ci restituiscono anche una visione del mondo, la visione di chi le ha ideate. Infatti non sono il mondo, bensì una sua rappresentazione, quindi possono solo descrivere, in modo semplificato, lo spazio.
Per capire fino in fondo la loro utilità, bisogna fare lo sforzo di immaginarsi cosa doveva essere viaggiare o progettare un viaggio quando non esistevano: dell’estensione del mondo e della sua forma non vi era alcuna idea, ogni passo era fatto verso l’ignoto. E i luoghi raggiunti non avevano un nome.
Questo libro, corredato di un ricco apparato iconografico, ricostruisce la storia delle mappe: quando sono nate e perché, come si sono evolute, come sono state disegnate. Dai Greci fino a Google Maps passando per il navigatore satellitare, un libro pieno di storie che vi lasceranno incantati: esploratori, disegnatori, viaggiatori, cartografi, monaci, mercanti, inventori e filosofi che hanno creato una rappresentazione del mondo perché noi potessimo amarlo e conoscerlo, per poi desiderare di percorrerlo. O anche solo immaginarlo dalla poltrona del nostro salotto.
- ISBN: 8868334275
- Casa Editrice: Ponte alle Grazie
- Pagine: 596
- Data di uscita: 12-05-2016
Amiable, intermittently fascinating and too comprehensive for its own good – On the Map is all over the map. When it's good, it's very good, at least if you're a chartophile like me, and it offers a rich storehouse of anecdotes on everything and everyone from Ptolemy to Skyrim. But as a single narra Leggi tutto
Garfield reminds me of Simon Winchester , in that (for this book anyway) he has gone deep into his researched, and produced a book to cover his topic (and more) very thoroughly. With these types of books, if the subject matter interests the reader, it is a sure win. If it is marginally interesting, t Leggi tutto
Who here loves maps and can pore over a map of an unknown territory, real or fictional, for hours imagining the geography and the adventures to be had? Yeah you are one of those people, a lot of us are. In fact I'd hazard to say that a majority of geeks and nerds are. It's part of who we are and a n Leggi tutto
I couldn’t resist the subject. It was worth the read as he covers all of the subject areas that I liked and what I believe would interest most people. However, his presentation was often light and lacking in cohesion in critical areas. How maps evolved and helped shape our view of the world is the bi Leggi tutto
A collection of entertaining anecdotes. Not particularly mind expanding, not at all knowledge-expanding, unfortunately. One good sample tidbit is that the popular ‘ Hic sunt dracones ’ (here there be dragons) is just a misrepresentation, those words never permeated medieval maps after all. Another is Leggi tutto
I confess that I have a nerd-like relationship with maps, especially historical maps: I can watch them and study them endlessly and always do new discoveries, adding the visual information to what I already have in my brain, offering a new perspective on things. Simon Garfield knows this kind of pre Leggi tutto
This fascinating geographical look at our world is completely enthralling, and which takes you on the most exciting, remarkable journey! This beautiful book is something to treasure, and which will delight fans of Geography, fine art and those who wish to explore the world and study different contin Leggi tutto
I'm still not sure I've completely read this book because I found it impossible to read it straight through beginning to end, as the bits and pieces of it are so much fun as to be totally distracting. I felt like I had ADD the entire time I was reading it, or trying to. Okay, he started out with the Leggi tutto
I didn't like this one as much as I was expecting, largely because the graphics were god-awful -- time after time, the author would be talking about an old map, and there would be a half-page illustration that was utterly unreadable. I suppose that was on his publisher, and too small a budget to all Leggi tutto
Confident and fascinating history of the production and uses of maps. Maps in the Great Library of Alexandria. The subsequent cartographic Dark Age. Why the Americas were named after a man who arrived a year after Columbus. How demographic maps were used to fight disease epidemics. The final part
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