Monday, February 26, 2007


I was following a link from a search alert to a paper about pandemic influenza, in PLoS Medicine, when this caught my eye:

Dorling D. Worldmapper: The Human Anatomy of a Small Planet. PLoS Med 2007 4(1): e1

This is a mapping application that enables you to make a world map with the proportions of the countries determined by the variable that you put in. There are examples in the paper of maps showing malaria cases, and public health spending, and more.

There is an episode of the West Wing in which the senior staff of the White House are shown the Peters Projection map, and in which their way of looking at the world is changed. This could be a similar experience...

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