How do you make something round into something flat without distorting it? Something round, like a globe or a planet, is three-dimensional. Something flat, like a paper map hanging on the wall, is two-dimensional. If you try to peel the outside of the globe off like an orange peel, it would be a challenge to get that orange peel to lay flat like a paper map.
This is the problem with every map you’ve ever seen, including Google Maps: They’re all distorted in an attempt to flatten something spherical.
Example: The Mercator Projection, which shows Greenland as larger than all of Africa and Alaska as larger than Mexico, just to name two of many misrepresentations. Vox’s Johnny Harris explains.
Next: Globe Making (1955).
Related exploring: TheTrueSize.com.
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