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The title in English of this 31 volume work was “The Great Encyclopedia”, and the statement was printed within the entry for Batbie.
However, QI has not located the quotation under investigation in the writings of Burke. The same quotation with an ascription to Batbie appeared in volume five of the “La Grande Encyclopédie” which was published circa 1888.
Last week, Tracy Staedter from Discovery News proposed an interesting idea to me: Why not use the same algorithm from my Where’s Waldo article to compute the optimal road trip across every state in the U. The result was an epic itinerary with a mix of inner city exploration, must-see historical sites, and beautiful natural landscapes.
One of the hardest parts of planning a road trip is deciding where to stop along the way. To stand a chance at making an interesting road trip, Tracy and I laid out a few rules from the beginning: With those objectives in mind, Tracy compiled a list of 50 major U. landmarks — one in each state excluding Alaska/Hawaii and including D. Tracy wrote about that process on Discovery News here.
I’ll leave the interpretation of that fact to the reader.
Here’s the Google Maps of the route:       Here’s the full list of cities in order: If you’d like to customize your own road trip, I’ve released the Python code I used in this project with an open source license and instructions for how to optimize your custom road trip. I’ve made another version for Europe here and for South America here.
Except this time, we needed to look up 2,450 directions to get the “true” distance between all 50 landmarks — a monumental task if we had to do it by hand.
With the list of landmarks in hand, the next step was to find the “true” distance between all of the landmarks by car.
Since we can’t just drive a straight line between every landmark — driving by car has this pesky limitation of having to stay on roads — we needed to find the shortest route between every landmark.
This means finding the route that backtracks as little as possible, which is especially difficult when visiting Florida and the Northeast.
If you read my Where’s Waldo article, you’re already aware of how difficult it can be to solve route optimization problems like this one.