In week 14, we we’re to analyze the Giovanni Maria Cassini’s Terrestrial/celestial globes with my person favorite, google earth. Cassini, who is considered to be one of the last fine Italian globe makes at the end of the 18th century, created 2 globes and 12 terrestrial/celestial globe gores. He also outlines rules for constructing his globes and gores in his personal atlas. My first though on his work is that who though to try and map the constellations and heavens on a globe?? The concept is so cool. I love that on the website you can view the video that shows you the terrestrial globe rotating with the celestial one as the back drop.
I sat and watched for a few minutes and it feels as if you’re viewing the earth and heavens from outer space. Just looking at Cassini’s maps, the maps seems to be accurately made (they look similar to modern maps that I’ve seen). Also, the picture of all of the gores laid flat into a rectangle make the continents look fatter than I’m used to seeing them.
I think that the a purpose of both maps is to show people what the earth and it’s landforms look and their location relative to one another. Both maps are effective in doing this because they both illustrate a certain perspective. The Cassini maps illustrate Cassini’s perspective while google earth illustrates the perspective of whoever is making decisions creating google maps (probably tons of people). I think that the idea that there’s no single map of the world is important. Thinking of the world as a social concept allows you to understand that the map of the world that you think of in your head can be very different from the map of the world that someone else pictures. Google earth is an incredible scientific achievement. I remember going on google earth as a kidding and searching for my house (just did it again for old times sake). The sheer amount of data within that map is outrageous. One thing that google earth shows that Cassini’s maps don’t include clouds/atmosphere. Google earth has the advantage in this regard because it’s online and can be manipulated by a user to find what they want to see. I think the overall purpose of google maps is to allow people to search for things, evaluate what they look like, and make conclusions based off what they have observed. I think that people have a tendency to go on google earth and conclude that what they see represents the earth perfectly because of how scientifically advanced it is/looks. I like how the Finding Our Place In the World article asserts that google earth is not the final destination for mapping the earth. It’s amazing to think that something better and more advanced is sure to come sometime down the road.