In the early hours of this morning, just before dragging myself away from my laptop and stumbling off to bed, something caught my attention. It has been doing the rounds online for quite some time, and I had seen it before but I decided to look into it once again. Much has been written about this topic, but it is my hope that this piece builds upon their work and brings them together, giving a more detailed and in depth overview. It has been called “one of the most stimulating and controversial images” that we have of our world.
Having thought originally to have been unveiled as early as 1855 by a clergyman named James Gall, it was later “rediscovered” and presented in 1973 by a German film maker and historian named Arno Peters. The Gall-Peters projection is a world map, and it differs dramatically from the world map we all take to be true. This map carrying the title of the Mercator projection, named after its Flemish creator, Gerardus Mercator. The map that we have all grown up with, and the map that lines the walls of every geography class in the country, now appears to be neither a fair, nor accurate, representation of the world on which we live. In short, the map of the world is wrong.