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Reviews for the book, Seeing Through Maps (continued)

“… absolutely the best introduction available on map projections, their history and importance. The appendix’s summary of 14 projections - their strengths and weaknesses - is probably worth the price of the book. The text weaves the theory and history of maps-at-large - from mental maps to amateur work to high cartography - into a seamless thematic whole.…erudite and invigorating… satisfying and illuminating…” -- Cartographica, Tom Koch, Dept of Geography, Univ. of BC, Vancouver, BC, Canada  

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" I plan to use Seeing Through Maps in my course on African Diaspora…it's a beautiful study that prepares students to think using multiple perspectives. Thanks!" ---Ivor Miller, African Diaspora Studies, DePaul University


 

Commentary on McArthur's Universal Corrective Map

 

 "A number of years ago I was conducting a seminar for government managers at a conference site in West Virginia. We shared the facility with a small international conference, whose participants had met the year before in Geneva, the year before that in Paris. Here they were in the lovely hills of West Virginia but already they were promoting their next year's meeting in Alice Springs, Australia. The Australian contingent had posted a map on the door of their main meeting room - McArthur's Universal Corrective Map of the World. It attempted to correct the old Mercator projection of the world that was so familiar to all of us. It showed the South on top, with Australia in the center of the map. The map read, in part, "South is superior. South dominates! Long live AUSTRALIA - RULER OF THE UNIVERSE!!" Our group of managers chuckled over that, but also engaged in a spirited discussion of perceptions, world views, and the importance of - at least occasionally - seeing things differently. I left the seminar with the humbling knowledge that the discussion about McArthur's map was the-best learning of the week."  Ron Rago, GTN

 

Praise for the video/DVD, Many Ways to See the World

 

 “Many Ways To See The World is more than a fascinating lesson about maps. It opens the mind of the viewer to profound perspectives on the interconnectedness of human beings everywhere. I hope it will be shown in classrooms all over the country.”  --- Howard Zinn, author A People's History of the United States

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I think your video is wonderful. It should be shown in every school and university. It's well presented and very informative. You have produced a terrific introduction to the world of maps. --- John Ferry, Buckminster Fuller Institute

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An intriguing new video with a big message for a very low cost!…A fascinating exploration of world  maps and their ability to convey powerful and lasting images…Trainers can find many uses  [including] sessions on critical and analytical thinking; cross-cultural training; negotiating differences; and more. Viewers will find it motivational, entertaining, and educational. ---Government Training News

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Your illustrated lecture is very well done. You clearly demonstrate the relativity of map construction, how a particular projection relates to its intended use. You show cartographers as real people who have specific goals in mind. Their pictures and your comments about them feed into your "empowerment" sub-theme--that change comes because individuals (maybe even when young and alone) take initiatives. Further, I appreciate allowing teachers to make copies of the video/DVD. One of my frustrations when teaching was finding effective materials that were not prohibitively expensive and/or restricted. ---Brant Abrahamson, Teachers’ Press

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This video is a delightful and wondrous resource to discover new ways to see the world. ---Claire O’Brien, museum educator, Springfield Museums, Springfield, MA

 

Acclaim for Peters Projection Map

 

"The first honest map of the world."
Harpers Magazine

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"The most accurate map of the earth's surface yet drawn."
Oxfam America - world relief agency

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"My favorite. The coolest map in the world. I keep one right over my PC where I write."
Thomas Barnett, professor, U.S. Naval War College and author of The Pentagon's New Map

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"I consider the Peters projection to be superior in several respects to all previous projections known to me and would support its use in schools and the media."
Prof. Carl Troll, former president, Int'l Geographers Union.

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"…demonstrates more accurate and objective perceptions of the significance of nations in both hemispheres." Elizabeth Judge, Executive Director, Texas State Board of Education

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"…a burst of brilliance that can be compared with any major breakthrough in any field of science…. For the first time in history, almost, we are seeing on paper what our world really looks like." Prof. Vernon Mulcansingh, Chair, Dept of Geography, University of the West Indies

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"I never teach a class in comparative development without showing the Peters."
Prof. Kathleen Staudt, Chair, Dept of Political Science, University of Texas at El Paso

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"…the best education tool for showing us our place on earth… coincides well with the teachings of the Bible and the church."
Arthur O.F. Bauer, Lutheran Church of America

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"In his world map Arno Peters combines all those qualities that are important for climatology. No other production achieves such a sum of qualities. Without a doubt, the Peters Map is superior." Prof. Heinz Fortak, Director of the Institute of Theoretical Meteorology, Free University of Berlin
 





 

   

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