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Alexandre Coates

Student in Birmingham United Kingdom

I am a 4th year student of experimental Physics at the University of Birmingham, in my spare time I love to read and learn about things outside of my field. There is nothing more fascinating to me than connecting ideas to learn more about the world.

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The Many Shapes of Earth

BY ALEXANDRE COATES
@ VOL 17 ON MAR 13, 2017

Alexandre Coates talks about how we think about the Earth, mainly about what shape it is, from a flat earth (and flat-earth societies) to a sphere. The surface of a sphere simply cannot be rolled out on a 2D surface, so maps must always choose something to keep, and something to get rid of. So what does map-earth look like?