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  • Published: 1 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781529124194
  • Imprint: Century
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $49.99

Terra Incognita

100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years




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

'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

‘Fascinating, beautiful, alarming and revelatory use of mapping and infographics’ – Stephen Fry on EarthTime maps


From the global impact of the Coronavirus to exploring the vast spread of the Australian bush fires, join authors Ian Goldin and Robert Muggah as they trace the ways in which our world has changed and the ways in which it will continue to change over the next hundred years.

Map-making is an ancient impulse. From the moment homo sapiens learnt to communicate we have used them to make sense of our surroundings. But as Albert Einstein once said, ‘you can’t use old maps to explore a new world.’ And now, when the world is changing faster than ever before, our old maps are no longer fit for purpose.

Welcome to Terra Incognita. Based on decades of research, and combining mesmerising, state-of-the-art satellite maps with enlightening and passionately argued analysis, Ian and Robert chart humanity’s impact on the planet, and the ways in which we can make a real impact to save it, and to thrive as a species.

Learn about: fires in the arctic; the impact of sea level rise on cities around the world; the truth about immigration - and why fears in the West are a myth; the counter-intuitive future of population rise; the miracles of health and education that are waiting around the corner, and the reality about inequality, and how we end it. The book traces the paths of peoples, cities, wars, climates and technologies, all on a global scale. Full of facts that will confound you, inform you, and ultimately empower you, Terra Incognita guides readers to a new place of understanding, rather than to a physical location.

  • Pub date: 1 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781529124194
  • Imprint: Century
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $49.99

About the Authors

Ian Goldin

Ian Goldin is the Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development and the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School, a world-leading research group of over 350 experts from 60 disciplines tackling the most pressing global challenges of the 21st century. He is the presenter of the BBC Series After the Crash and has performed numerous TED talks. He was formerly President Nelson Mandela's Economic Advisor.

Robert Muggah

Robert Muggah is a globally recognized scholar and practitioner of political economy. He co-founded the Igarapé 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.


Praise for Terra Incognita

“Fascinating, beautiful, alarming and revelatory use of mapping and infographics ”

Stephen Fry

“A riveting account of humanity´s most pressing challenges and innovative solutions, fusing mesmerizing maps and compelling analysis to help navigate our complex future' ”

Steven Pinker

“An indispensable read. Ian Goldin and Robert Muggah´s 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. ”

Arianna Huffington

“A stunning account of our fast-changing world. Earth Time is a wake-up call and blueprint for future change. Ian Goldin and Robert Muggah´s extraordinary maps offer an entirely new perspective on some of our most urgent environmental and geopolitical conundrums.”

Francis Fukuyama, New York Times Bestselling author of The End of History and the Last Man


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