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A wee bit of silly fiction around mapping the 'empire' at 1:1

http://www.boingboin...size-of-th.html
http://en.wikipedia....tude_in_Science
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That's a good one :-)

And that's the 'prototupe' (From Sylvie and Bruno Concluded by Lewis Carroll, first published in 1893):

"That's another thing we've learned from your Nation," said Mein Herr, "map-making. But we've carried it much further than you. What do you consider the largest map that would be really useful?"

"About six inches to the mile."

""Only six inches!"exclaimed Mein Herr. "We very soon got to six yards to the mile. Then we tried a hundred yards to the mile. And then came the grandest idea of all! We actually made a map of the country, on the scale of a mile to the mile!"

"Have you used it much?" I enquired.

"It has never been spread out, yet," said Mein Herr: "the farmers objected: they said it would cover the whole country, and shut out the sunlight! So we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well.
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How about a map that's "better than reality" at a scale of 2:1? :lol: You'd certainly be able to get all the details in then!

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See Kees Boeke's 1957 children's book Cosmic view; the universe in 40 jumps. Instead of using photographic imagery, Boeke uses cartographic, drawn images both when moving out beyond aerial photography and when moving in to the level of a mosquito. It inspired Charles and Ray Eames' 1977 short film, Powers of 10:


I looked at some other similar "scale zoom" objects on my blog last year.

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I recall watching this short film many times at our own MN Science Museum (the old one, where I was a regular growing up).
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And along those lines here is a 1:1 map by an Andy Proehl—who I think has posted here before.

http://www.flickr.co...57610713469695/
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And along those lines here is a 1:1 map by an Andy Proehl—who I think has posted here before.


This map shares some common features with the Bellman's map (Lewis Carroll has been mentioned before in this thread).

He had bought a large map representing the sea,
Without the least vestige of land:
And the crew were much pleased when they found it to be
A map they could all understand.

"What's the good of Mercator's North Poles and Equators,
Tropics, Zones, and Meridian Lines?"
So the Bellman would cry: and the crew would reply
"They are merely conventional signs!"

"Other maps are such shapes, with their islands and capes!
But we've got our brave Captain to thank:"
(So the crew would protest) "that he's bought us the best --
A perfect and absolute blank!"

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