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The Shape of the World

 
 
Artist
Patrick Stewart, narrator.
Studio Athena
Format 3 DVDs, boxed Full screen
Dimensions 7.55 x 5.4 x 0.9
DVD Encoding
Region 1: North America  (What is DVD encoding?)
MPAA Rating
Not Rated
UPC 054961822492
Runtime/Release Date 5 hrs 6 mins/2009
Daedalus Item Code 58650
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Description
Maps are more than directional instruments; as narrator Patrick Stewart explains, these visual guides also define the limits of power, point the way to valuable resources, and trace the constantly changing shape of the planet. This PBS miniseries uses ancient documents and interviews with top scholars to show the evolution of cartography from clay tablets to computerized systems, tracing how maps have influenced culture and politics. The main DVD extra is "The Chartbusters," text biographies of key figures in the story of geography (Pythagoras, who realized the Earth is round by observing musical pitch; Jacques Cassini, the head of the Paris Observatory; and John Snow, who helped stop a cholera epidemic).

"Explores the history of mapmaking with elegance and intelligence."NYTimes

"The documentary is visually stunning, using everything from reenactment to film clips to tours of Amsterdam's city hall to illustrate its points."DVD Verdict

 
 
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