The Europe-centred Character of our Geographical View of the World and its Correction
This is the English translation of Arno Peters lecture from October 30, 1974 presented in Berlin at the German Cartographical Society introducing the Peters Map. Arno Peters had created his projection with crude tools, including tracing paper and a globe. Peters had not yet heard of an obscure mathematician, the Reverend James Gall, who had derived a mathematical formula resulting in an image nearly identical to Peters’ hand drawn image. Eventually Peters approached Oxford Cartographers to finalize the map image, and the Peters Map’s success caused such a stir among the cartographic establishment, that Peters was criticized relentlessly for having “adapted” (or even plagiarized) James Gall’s mathematical work. Nothing could be further from the truth, and the issue is still generating controversy some 40+ years later. This 25-page booklet walks you through the process Arno Peters used to select the projection he felt was necessary to overcome "Euro-centrism."