As a curious race we have always liked to know where we are, but it is now almost impossible not to know – our phones, computers and sat navs keep us continually co-ordinated, and through them we are involuntarily tracked ourselves. Once the preserve and privilege of the rich and influential, maps and accurate wayfinding have suddenly come to feel like a birthright, to the point where if things don’t meet our expectations (good afternoon Apple Maps), we feel worse than deprived, we feel truly disorientated.

Why modern maps put everyone at the centre of the world