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Atlas reinvented

Atlas Reinvented

Visiting friends recently and their kids had this fun blow up globe that serves as a beach ball and a geography primer. The photo opportunity was too sweet to miss as it reminded me of the famous sculpture of Atlas.

“In Greek mythology, Atlas was a Titan condemned to hold up the celestial heavens for eternity after the Titanomachy. Atlas also plays a role in the myths of two of the greatest Greek heroes: Heracles (the Roman equivalent being Hercules) and Perseus.”

After we finished playing with the globe beach ball we sat down with a big old fashioned paper atlas and tried to work out how and why the globe got stretched and squashed when it was printed on paper – projections for 5 and 8 year olds (and a 68 year old who still struggles with this stuff).

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