Issue 27: Maps
A map is a many-splendoured thing: information transformed into imagery, coded to show connections, boundaries and the treasure of communicating what lies where. But this simple representation of data is just as susceptible to foul play or human error as any other kind of scientific endeavour.
This issue we map out everything from our brains, to general relativity, to the universe and beyond. We decipher how mapping the human genome is problematic and how maps have been used to reinforce racist living standards.
Cover illustration by Chehehe
Maps drawn by the US government in the 1930s made racial segregation an official promise of public policy. Those maps, and the policies they underpinned, paved the way for today’s segregated cities – and ongoing environmental degradation for Black Americans.