Inspiration came from stacks of Regenstein: Fischer’s interest in maps began in the basement stacks of Regenstein Library. While looking up the origins of the typewriter keyboard layout for fun, he found historical books of Chicago transit maps, which led to his hobby of collecting old transportation maps, relics, and artifacts, many from the San Francisco Bay area, where he now lives in Oakland. “I originally started posting maps that were mostly transportation plans from the past,” says Fischer. But as far as his current work, Fischer says availability of data steers him to most projects.
Originally a math major at UChicago, Fischer “hit the wall” in his second quarter of complex analysis. He then switched to linguistics, a field which Fischer notes grew up alongside computer science in the 1950s.
Wonder if we took any math classes together back in the day…