mysterious and precise

Nov 9

Top image: Map showing the results of the 2012 Presidential Election by county, using red, blue, and shades of purple to indicate percentages of Republican and Democratic votes. 

Bottom Image: Cartogram (a map in which the sizes of the counties are rescaled according to their population) of the same data. 

These maps give a much more accurate look at the distribution of Democratic and Republican voters than the commonly seen state-level electoral votes maps. They were created by Dr. Mark E.J. Newman, a professor of physics studying complex systems at the University of Michigan.