By Ken Jennings
It comes as no shock that, as a child, Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings slept with a cumbersome Hammond international atlas by way of his pillow each evening. Maphead recounts his lifelong love affair with geography and explores why maps have continually been so interesting to him and to fellow fans everywhere.
Jennings takes readers on an international journey of geogeeks from the London Map reasonable to the bowels of the Library of Congress, from the prepubescent geniuses on the nationwide Geographic Bee to the pc programmers at Google Earth. every one bankruptcy delves right into a varied element of map tradition: highpointing, geocaching, highway atlas rallying, even the "unreal estate" charted at the maps of fiction and delusion. He additionally considers the ways that cartography has formed our heritage, suggesting that the impulse to make and skim maps is as suitable this day because it has ever been.
From the “Here be dragons” parchment maps of the Age of Discovery to the spinning globes of grade institution to the postmodern revolution of electronic maps and GPS, Maphead is packed with fascinating information, enticing anecdotes, and enlightening research. If you’re an inveterate map lover yourself—or whether you’re one of the cartographically clueless who can wander off in a supermarket—let Ken Jennings be your consultant to the unusual international of mapheads.
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