Globes of the World:- How are they made? (Video)

Globes of the world is a huge subject, but I thought I might just add a small bit of trivia for those that are interested, if not feel free to skip straight to the video. 🙂

It was first believed that the earth was flat, but some of the ancient Greek philosophers believed in a round earth, the best known of these philosophers was Pythagoras (a mathematician) who is thought to be one that had the original idea about the earth around the 5th-6th century BC, and it is believed he started teaching about the earth being round at that time.

Plato also starting teaching about the earth being round after he travelled to Italy to study Pythagoras mathematics.
Aristotle was a student of Plato, he also believed the earth was round through his observation of the stars, his words “there are stars in Egypt and Cyprus which are not seen in the northerly regions”.

As I mentioned above a huge subject and really interesting, of course I only covered a very small portion, there is a lot of information about Pythagoras as well as other ancient Greek philosophers. Plato and Aristotle are both interesting, and if time permits worth reading about. PlatoAristotle – Ancient Greek Philosophy.

The Largest globe in the world is in Corona Park, Queens, New York City. It is 12 story’s high, and made from stainless steel. It was constructed as a symbol of the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The theme of the Fair was “Peace Through Understanding”. It was dedicated to “Man’s Achievements of a shrinking globe in an expanding universe”. It weighs 700,000 pounds without the base. To learn more about this globe there is a stack of information in Wikipedia.

The Unisphere and the park in the summer 2010
Wikipedia via Flapane

1765 de l’Isle globe, showing a fictional      A modern raised-relief world globe 
Northwest passage.Wikipedia via               Wikipedia via Christian Fischer             
Minnesota Historical Society

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13 Responses to Globes of the World:- How are they made? (Video)

  1. Barbara Rodgers says:

    I went to the Worlds Fair in 1964 – the Unisphere was a very impressive sight to a little 7-year-old! The video you included about globe-making is fascinating.

    Have you heard of the inside-out globe in Boston called the Mapparium? Visitors stand inside a three story high globe, on a bridge, mapped as the world was in 1935. The acoustics are interesting, you can hear someone whispering on the other end of the bridge.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Barbara,
      How wonderful that you were there at the world’s fair, I think the Unisphere would of impressed anyone at any age I feel. It’s fascinating to think that it’s now 2011 and it still stands as the largest globe in the world, very impressive, and a wonderful idea for a world’s fair. I also liked the video, who would of guessed that is how globes were made.

      I have never heard of the Mapparium before, thank you very much for the link. They state:-
      “Original presentation that features a rich orchestration of words, music, and LED lights to illustrate how ideas have traversed time and geography and changed the world.” Sounds great, and I notice they change what is inside every now and then, very interesting what some people can come up with, the talent of imagination to be able to do something like this.

  2. kymbo says:

    Oh no! Now Ive gone and learned something new…You do know that means I have to forget something old?…There goes Australia’s past prime ministers and Grandmothers recipe for Ox tongue soup. (thank GOD!)

  3. travelrat says:

    Very interesting! I once had a pencil sharpener shaped like a globe, and thought it very convenient that Antarctica was almost uninhabited, because you could put your pencil in there without losing much.

    I did see an interesting exhibition in Belgium which shows how Girardus Mercator (his real name was Gerhard Kaufmann, which means the same thing) produced his maps, still used today, from projections from the globe … which is really a sort of flattened sphere, rather than a perfect orb.

    (I found it fascinating … but then, I dealt with that sort of thing every day in my work at the time)

    And, contrary to popular belief, Christopher Columbus did not set out to prove ‘the world is round’; that was already an accepted fact in many circles.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      Actually I bet that was very handy that pencil sharpener, especially if someone was talking about a Country you didn’t know, sounds ideal.
      That also would of been interesting, watching the flat maps being made. What surprised me in the video was how easy it was for them to change the boarders of the country’s if need be, as after most wars of course the boarders of some country’s are different, also some country’s names have been changed over the years as well.

      Yes some do think that about Columbus. For those that are interested Columbus talked about crossing the Atlantic Ocean to reach Asia, I think it was around 1490, (not real sure on that date) it was the Kings advisor’s that thought the world was flat, and laughed at Columbus. But if you go back to the top of the post, you will see that scholars knew the earth was round in the 5th-6th Century. So how good were those advisor’s of the King?

      • travelrat says:

        If they’re anything like our Queen’s advisors (i.e. Parliament) not very good at all!

        What really filled me with admiration was a visit to the Ordnance Survey headquarters back in nineteen-canteen. On their larger-scale maps, which cover all of Great Britain, they show EVERY building, house, road and track, and they’re never more than about a year out of date.

        How they do it, even with computers, beggars belief.

        • magsx2 says:

          Hi travelrat,
          Yes we could say exactly the same about our Government as well.

          That is very impressive, it sounds like a huge task, I wouldn’t even begin to know how they would be able to achieve that, that’s amazing.

  4. gitwizard says:

    Interesting post! My landlord’s girlfriend works for Greaves & Thomas on the Isle of Wight (where the famous Cowes Yacht Week is held).
    It is owned by a very eccentric gent as you will gather if you read some of his rambling websites, I hope to be going over there this summer to have a look around and take some photos for a post later in the year. It will take ages to read through all of his sites, but this fascinating hermetic globe is definitely worth a look.

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