This map of Europe is good for only one thing

Topologists can't tell donuts from coffee mugs, but their maps are revelatory nonetheless.

Credit: © Peter Staub, Mollis GL/Switzerland – CC BY SA
  • Topology is a relatively young branch of mathematics, with various branches of its own.
  • It has applications in biology, computer science, string theory, and yes, also cartography.
  • This topologist's map of Europe is not a true reflection of area or size, only of the relationships between countries.

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