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WORLD MAPS


INTRODUCTION

I first became interested in the maps and their significance whilst doing research for my book. This interest grew from the innumerable attempts to map the workings of the human mind, and extended to considerations of the earliest known maps of the world - which were combinations of geography, theology and imagination.

As sophisticated as our our views have grown since that time, we cannot be expected to have developed our map-making skills to the ultimate degree. For example, with the curvature of spacetime, how can we honestly represent any area within such a simple framework as a map or diagram? This was brought home to me when, in flying from Tokyo to New York, my plane had to cross over Alaska for what was ultimately the shortest route.

There are also 'edge distortions' to take into consideration. This reaches the heights of absurdity at the far reaches of the time-space continuum - where seemingly infinite space in every direction in fact collapses down to an infinitessimally-small singularity of both time and space.

On a more practical level, many of the following links will allow you to see maps of other places for the benefits of either real, virtual or imaginary visits there. Used in conjuction with the other travel-related pages of this site, you may never have to be lost again.

LINKS

NEWSGROUPS


DISTANCE CALCULATOR

This service uses data from the US Census and a supplementary list of cities around the world to find the latitude and longitude of two places, and then calculates the distance between them (as the crow flies). It also provides a map showing the two places, using the Xerox PARC Map Server.

Various query formats are allowed; for example:
Chicago, IL
Jakarta
40:26:26N 79:59:46W
Athens, Greece

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