Yale News: After the map: Living on the Digital Grid

October 10, 2016

From a traditional paper map to the little blue dot on a GPS, the history of the map is put into context in William Rankin’s recently published book “After the Map: Cartography, Navigation, and the Transformation of Territory in the 20th Century.”

In “After the Map,” Rankin, who is assistant professor of the history of science, explores, among other topics, the shift in maps from a “gods-eye-view” to the embedded experience of GPS.

The Yale scholar recently sat for an interview with YaleNews to discuss what is gained and lost in the transition from paper maps, and how he integrates his research into this topic into his undergraduate teaching.

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