Boston Schools introduce new world map.

silverharp

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So kids in Boston are being introduced to a new map of the world called the Gall-Peters map replacing the traditional Mercator map in an effort to "decolonise science". Im a bit dubious of this as Mercator map was useful to sailors because of its ability to represent lines of constant course. Secondly the Gall Peters map distorts shape so you are just switching one distortion for another.
Is it just sjw's sjwing given that they show no overall concern for education standards and is this the next hill they want to die on?






The Gall-Peters map is just as distorted as the Mercator - Business Insider






if there is a desire to move on from the Mercator map then something like below is a bit more pleasing to the eye

"A world map on the Winkel tripel projection, a low-error map projection[2] adopted by the National Geographic Society for reference maps."

 


Cellachán Chaisil

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It doesn't distort the shape, it's just not the projection you're used to. It more accurately represents the size of the landmasses taking into account the curvature of the earth.
 

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This movement to apply 'Socialist Realism' to cartography is laughable. :p What next - anti-racist weather? :roll:
 

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There's some amount of desert.
 

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The Kavrayskiy VII projection in that linked article looks pretty good.

The one they've gone with is silly. Unlike longitude lines, which have variable distance, latitude lines are pretty much constant with about 1km of variation for each degree. Seeing that the lines they have put on seem to correspond to 15 degree shifts, that projection massively compresses the northerly and southerly latitudes.

All that said, any map is inherently inaccurate, even a globe. You have to decide what information you are leaving in and out and how it can be useful for it's purpose. So whether a projection works depends on what that purpose is.
 

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It doesn't distort the shape, it's just not the projection you're used to. It more accurately represents the size of the landmasses taking into account the curvature of the earth.
it does, Africa is stretched North and South

view from space
 

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This movement to apply 'Socialist Realism' to cartography is laughable. :p What next - anti-racist weather? :roll:
It's well-known that the Mercator projection is laughably flawed - disproportionate in relation to Europe and Africa, and making Greenland appear to be the same size as India. That said, Silverharp's Winkel map is widely recognised as the most accurate model.
 

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It is a more accurate representation of the World. Right map wrong reasons for using it.
 

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The simple answer is to have a globe.

Mercator map is misleading, but this projection isn't much of an improvement, beyond showing scales with it's E-W v N-S distortion.

But that has its place, if size is of primary importance. But there is more than one way to measure size.




Maps are great.
 

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So kids in Boston are being introduced to a new map of the world called the Gall-Peters map replacing the traditional Mercator map in an effort to "decolonise science". Im a bit dubious of this as Mercator map was useful to sailors because of its ability to represent lines of constant course. Secondly the Gall Peters map distorts shape so you are just switching one distortion for another.
Is it just sjw's sjwing given that they show no overall concern for education standards and is this the next hill they want to die on?






The Gall-Peters map is just as distorted as the Mercator - Business Insider






if there is a desire to move on from the Mercator map then something like below is a bit more pleasing to the eye

"A world map on the Winkel tripel projection, a low-error map projection[2] adopted by the National Geographic Society for reference maps."

The Gall-Peters projection is not new.
 

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Many Australians decline to use any map projection that shows their continent as a small area tucked away in the bottom right hand corner, time to reverse the poles and put the South pole on top.
 

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Many Australians decline to use any map projection that shows their continent as a small area tucked away in the bottom right hand corner, time to reverse the poles and put the South pole on top.
now that's crazy talk :D
 

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Many Australians decline to use any map projection that shows their continent as a small area tucked away in the bottom right hand corner, time to reverse the poles and put the South pole on top.
If they agree to immediately cease exporting their TV shows, deal!
 

The Field Marshal

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I was in Boston once.

Seemed to me most people there were suffering from diahorrea.

That they now produce a world map that shows all countries of the world in that condition
is entirely to be expected.
 


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