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by Hajime Narukawa

AuthaGraphic Projection - The World's Most Accurate Globe

The Winner of 2016 GOOD DESIGN GRAND AWARD in Japan!

Every world map that has been invented since the Mercator Projection was first revealed in 1569 can be divided into two groups. One group fits the world into a rectangle by distorting the continents. The other group corrects the distortion, but at the cost of the rectangular shape. This is what drove Narukawa to create a map which is rectangular like the Mercator Projection map, and yet correctly projects the continents like the Dymaxion Map (revealed in 1946).

There are many applications for this world map using the AuthaGraph projection method. For example, the size and shape of the ozone hole above Antarctica can easily be grasped, and it becomes visually clear why it’s necessary to fly from Tokyo to Brazil via Houston!

As this is a method of projecting a sphere onto a rectangle, its use isn’t limited to depicting coastlines. Taking continental drift for instance, the 600 million year history of continent movements can be expressed with AuthaGraph. India, for example, can be seen breaking away from Madagascar, drifting across the Indian ocean, and colliding with Eurasia to form the Himalayas. Such geological themes can be visually expressed and easily understood.

By its very nature, the spherical world we inhabit has no dead ends. As ancient peoples believed the world existed on an infinite plane, so a sphere and an infinite plane are geometrically very similar. Through tiling or tessellation, Narukawa reproduced an endless world map in 2D as faithfully as possible to the original sphere. Using this as a base, a variety of other maps with different themes can be created.

Taking world history as yet another example, it is possible to plot historical events. During the Age of Discovery beginning in 1475, many adventurers took to the seas. In search of India, Colombus went west and Vasco da Gama east. Using AuthaGraph, the routes they took can be drawn on a single map. It is possible to show how Magellan and Elcano made their circumnavigations, and even how Captain Cook made three trips around the world.

Narukawa’s innovative idea allows us to visualize the world in new ways.

Product Details

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  • Size: Φ128
  • Weight: 190g
  • Languages: English and Japanese

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Customer Reviews

  • haven't assembled yet

    By henni
    Age: 40s
    order was swift and smooth. i have not yet assembled the piece as it has a lot more pieces than i expected and looks intimidating to put together.
  • School

    By Cheryl
    Age: 40s
    Country: United States
    I got two of them for my daughter from an ad in Mental Floss, a magazine. She took one to her social studies class and they're putting it together to learn about new perspectives.
  • Wonderful!

    By Tanquil
    Age: 50s
    Country: United States
    The authagraph world map is beautiful and I can't wait to frame and hang it. I purchased the authagraph globe as a gift and while I haven't opened it, it looks wonderful and I'm sure it will be well received. Products are great and I was amazed by how quickly I received them considering international shipment.
  • Cool product

    By Jessica
    Age: 20s
    Country: United States
    I was worried, when I ordered it, that it wasn't the flat map AS WELL AS the globe-- but it is! You get both with this little paper craft. and it's really cool to be able to play around with the maps.
  • Awesome globe!

    By Becca
    Age: 40s
    Country: United States
    The AuthaGraph globe is really cool. I love paper crafts and the layout and cut are very good.
  • Fantastic Authagraph Map/Globe

    By Jeffrey
    Age: 40s
    Country: Canada
    I purchased a couple of these globes for Christmas gifts. They were shipped Super Fast And Safe to me all the way over in Wakefield. QUEBEC. Canada. I'd recommend them for any of your inquisitive and worldly friends!!
  • Beautiful Earth

    By R.Z
    Age: 50s
    Country: United Kingdom
    Good for studying the earth.

AuthaGraph Globe

SKU: P1-A004-A001-02-01

Authagraph and Geografia by Marumo Print

¥ 6,480
转换为其他货币 $ 61.39 USD


¥ 2,360
Gift wrapping available
  • P1-A004-A001-02-01

    ¥ 6,480
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