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Have you seen Cellarius’ Harmonica Macrocosmica? If you haven’t yet, come flip through this new reprinted edition! 29 double-folio maps and dozens of unusual details reproduced here depict the world systems of Claudius Ptolemy, Nicolaus Copernicus, and Tycho Brahe, the motions of the sun, the moon, and the planets, and the delineation of the constellations [...]

Have you seen Cellarius’ Harmonica Macrocosmica?

Harmonia Macrocosmica

If you haven’t yet, come flip through this new reprinted edition!

29 double-folio maps and dozens of unusual details reproduced here depict the world systems of Claudius Ptolemy, Nicolaus Copernicus, and Tycho Brahe, the motions of the sun, the moon, and the planets, and the delineation of the constellations in various views. Cellarius’s atlas, superbly embellished with richly decorated borders depicting cherubs, astronomers, and astronomical instruments, features some of the most spectacular illustration in the history of astronomy… (Publisher’s website)

And while you’re here, explore the other 15 titles on display around the theme “Exploring the Universe through Atlases and Photographs.” Download the descriptions here!

This display will run from now through the end of April. Please stop by for a visit!

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Students who take Government 85.12, Military Statecraft in International Relations, are looking for ways to disrupt a country's infrastructure and they use maps to do it. There are places in the world students want to invade (hypothetically) and they use resources in the Evans Map Room to find out about those places. They look at the hot spots of the world and figure out what they can do to make matters better or sometimes worse.

Here are a few examples of the places they have looked:

For more information about hot spots in the world, see Trouble Spots: the World Atlas of Strategic Information by Andrew Duncan.

Map images are courtesy of the Perry-Castaneda Map Library at the University of Texas, Austin.

Film Map
Film Map: The History of Popular Film Set to the Art of Cartography

I'm often asked "What's your favorite map?" The problem is I don't have one. My favorite map is the one in front of me. But we just received a new map that got me to thinking about imaginary places on maps. We just got Film Map: The History of Popular Film Set to the Art of Cartography. All of the cartographic elements on this map are movie titles! But wait a minute. There is no place like that. That is what makes this a map of an imaginary place. The map is real but shows "places" that aren't. We have a couple of other maps like that including Atlantis-Dekapotamia and Atlanto-Karelia or Dekapotamia. We also have a couple of atlases such as The Atlas of Middle Earth and An Atlas of Fantasy.

Atlantis-Dekapotamia
Atlantis-Dekapotamia

 

Maps created in the Evans Map Room have been featured in a couple of stories. From The Dartmouth student paper in a story by Tyler Bradford, Admiral William Fallon is talking about the United States foreign policy in the Middle East. The map he is using to illustrate his talk was created in the map room. The President's Office needed a map of the Middle East and we created it from one of the base maps in ArcGIS.

Courtesy of Tyler Bradford & The Dartmouth

Professor James Stanford of the Linguistics Department was featured in a story on VPR.

He is standing in front of a poster Dennis Grady created. Professor Stanford came to the map room for help mapping points around the states of New Hampshire and Vermont. He provided the information for the points and we mapped them. You can also see one of four maps created in the map room.

 

Sometimes you want a map that is very focused on a geographic area because of your topic, but you can't find that exact map online. We have a solution for you. Both the stand-alone software and ArcGIS online have a variety of base maps that allow for customization. Do you want a map that looks like National Geographic created it, or do you want something simpler? Or maybe a map of the new country of South Sudan? The Evans Map Room can help you. Come and see us!

L. M. Hall

A map of South Sudan
South Sudan (June 2012)