Following is my second - perhaps obvious, perhaps implicit, perhaps not -
contribution to the current discussion.
Of Exactitude in Science
...In that Empire, the craft of Cartography attained such Perfection that
the Map of a Single province covered the space of an entire City, and the
Map of the Empire itself an entire Province. In the course of Time, these
Extensive maps were found somehow wanting, and so the College of
Cartographers evolved a Map of the Empire that was of the same Scale as the
Empire and that coincided with it point for point. Less attentive to the
Study of Cartography, succeeding Generations came to judge a map of such
Magnitude cumbersome, and, not without Irreverence, they abandoned it to
the Rigours of sun and Rain. In the western Deserts, tattered Fragments of
the Map are still to be found, Sheltering an occasional Beast or beggar; in
the whole Nation, no other relic is left of the Discipline of Geography.
From Travels of Praiseworthy Men (1658) by J. A. Suarez Miranda
Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares
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