Princeton astrophysicists re-imagine world map, designing a less distorted, ‘radically different’ way to see the world

Monday, Feb 15, 2021
by tdwyer

Princeton astrophysicists re-imagine world map, designing a less distorted, ‘radically different’ way to see the world

Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications Feb. 15, 2021

How do you flatten a sphere?

For centuries, mapmakers have agonized over how to accurately display our round planet on anything other than a globe.

Now, a fundamental re-imagining of how maps can work has resulted in the most accurate flat map ever made, from a trio of map experts: J. Richard Gott, an emeritus professor of astrophysics at Princeton and creator of a logarithmic map of the universe once described as “arguably the most mind-bending map to date”; Robert Vanderbei, a professor of operations research and financial engineering who created the “Purple America” map of election results; and David Goldberg, a professor of physics at Drexel University.

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