In 1966 Stewart Brand stood under UC Berkeley’s Sather Gate and sold buttons for 25 cents apiece that said, “Why haven’t we seen a photograph of the whole Earth yet?” This provocation was inspired by one of Buckminster Fuller’s epic lectures, in which he insisted that the root of human problems was the common misconception of the Earth as flat and endless. Although the Earth’s shape was known in the abstract, it was not yet understood in any tangible way.
Also on these boards
Map representing the earth’s surface as an icosahedron, in homage to Buckminster Fuller’s famous Dymaxion projection, and showing the locations of 259 critical infrastructures.
A Korean map from the 1800s, entitled “Map of Heaven and Earth”
Every single satellite orbiting the Earth / via vuokko