Reinertsen Berg takes us all the way from the mysterious symbols of the Stone Age to Google Earth in a fascinating tale of science and our views of the world, about art and technology, power and ambition, practical needs and distant dreams of the unknown.
Along the way, we encounter visionary geographers and heroic explorers along with the unsung heroes of the history of maps. Fantastic visual material allows us to immerse ourselves in the history of maps with our own eyes.
This is the statement of the jury of Brageprisen:
‘With the book Theatre of the World the journalist and writer Thomas Reinertsen Berg has created a tour de force in the history of the maps. He starts with the very first pictures of the world, setting the world as a stage, and goes on to take in images of the world in a systematic, well-written, fun and educational way. The book is exceptionally well illustrated, with maps showing different ways of viewing the world, from Greek speculations to medieval faith, from the Renaissance’s experimental scientific mapping to our digital era of fast-paced information retrieval. An exquisite and distinctive nonfiction book.’