Geographer Benjamin Hennig’s world map is an example of a ‘cartogram’ – the result of algorithms turning complex data into visual images. The map blends area information with population figures to create a world map in which the densest and most populous areas are bigger. Most prominent are the vast populated regions of China, Japan, and India, and the white-coloured metropolitan areas of Beijing, Chicago, Paris, Mexico and Moscow. According to Hennig the world is now critically influenced by humanity, and so humanity has become the appropriate scale to measure it.
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- Tom Harper
The British Library’s map curator Tom Harper details the evolution of the map of the world in the 20th century, from the Navy League map of 1901 to a digital world view a century later.