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From the spread of the Coronavirus to the rampaging Australian bushfires - 'A riveting account of humanity s most pressing challenges and innovative solutions, fusing mesmerizing maps and compelling analysis to help navigate our complex future' - advance praise from Steven Pinker

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Ian Goldin (Author) Ian Goldin (Author) Ian Goldin is the Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development and the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School, a world-leading group of over 300 experts from across Oxford University tackling the most pressing challenges facing humanity. Previously Ian was economic advisor to President Mandela and then Vice President and Policy Head for the World Bank. He has been a keynote speaker at successive Davos and TED events, presented the BBC Series After the Crash and The Pandemic that Changed the World, and is the author of 22 books. Robert Muggah (Author) Robert Muggah is a globally recognized scholar and practitioner of political economy. He co-founded the Igarape Institute - a leading think and do tank devoted to promoting data-driven and evidenced-based safety and justice across Latin America, Africa and Asia. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times and the BBC. He has delivered several TED talks and is a regular speaker at the World Economic Forum Davos summit.


Amidst an abundance of global crisis and unrest, it's easy to feel as if there's no prescription for the future. But Terra Incognita provides us with just that, through stunning maps and visual aides that illuminate the most pressing issues of our time. -- Chris Anderson, New York Times Bestselling author of Ted Talks and Head and Curator of Ted
A completely brilliant guide to global survival * Jon Snow *
Terra Incognita take us on an exhilarating journey of the mega-trends that are remaking our world. Using powerful maps and graphics, it provides much-needed guideposts to the incredible shifts and challenges going on all around us. Ian Goldin and Robert Muggah provide a necessary antidote to the paralyzing uncertainty and pessimistic fatalism that threatens to overwhelm us all. This book offers a bold new perspective not just on the challenges we face, but how, armed with the right data and information, we can go about fixing them -- Richard Florida, University of Toronto Professor and author of The Rise of the Creative Class
Amazing . . . it would be my desert island choice! This extraordinary book - with 100 fascinating maps, embedded in a richly informative text - offers a comprehensive perspective on global trends. It is amazing how much analysis the distinguished authors have distilled into a single volume. The book is especially welcome at a time when COVID-19 is disrupting our interconnected planet. It would be hard to imagine a better text to guide and enlighten us as we aim to 'remake' a better world. It deserves a very wide readership. -- Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal and author of On the Future
Terra Incognita draws readers into multiple worlds and provides the tools to navigate between them. Goldin and Muggah use powerfully-engaging maps to help understand and confront our biggest challenges - from climate change to inequality. By inviting readers to traverse a vast range of disciplines and ideas, their volume helps each of us better appreciate how our problems are interconnected. This is a must read for everyone striving to make a better world. -- Saskia Sassen, Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, author of Expulsions and The Global City
Every young person must read this book. Full of mesmerizing maps and powerful story-telling, Terra Incognita is an indispensable guide to change our futures for the better. -- Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol
Fascinating, beautiful, alarming and revelatory use of mapping and infographics

A riveting account of humanitys most pressing challenges and innovative solutions, fusing mesmerizing maps and compelling analysis to help navigate our complex future.
An indispensable read. Ian Goldin and Robert Muggahs hypnotic maps surprise and amaze. This book offers a future-looking guide to navigate our uncertain times. Offering an unflinching account of our challenges and ways to fix them, it willleave you optimistic about the future.

A stunning account of our fast-changing world. Earth Time is a wake-up call and blueprint for future change. Ian Goldin and Robert Muggahs extraordinary maps offer an entirely new perspective on some of our most urgent environmental and geopolitical conundrums.
The mapmakers of old wrote "Here Be Dragons" to designated unknown and uncharted areas. Terra Incognita simultaneously shows us how much of our world we can see and map and how many dark places still remain to be explored. Most important, it is a vital tool for teaching students, researchers, and analysts how to change our mental models -- our imagined maps -- of the worlds we think we inhabit. Our future depends on it. -- Anne-Marie Slaughter
Terra Incognita is a terrific achievement. It utilises maps as a graphic foil to a wide-ranging and deeply informed argument about our current international challenges and the possibilities for future collective action. The result is both compelling and subtle. Situating the argument within the current pandemic is very powerful and timely. Essential reading-and viewing-for anyone engaged in the global state we are in. -- Jerry Brotton, author of A History of the World in 12 Maps
It not only charts the mesmerising development of geographical maps, [...] but also contains maps that reveal insights into global cultural developments, including the incredible rise of McDonald's and Netflix. * Mail Online *

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