Mercator: The Man Who Mapped the Planet

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Macmillan, 2004 - 432 pagina's
“Crane’s book is quite probably destined to become the standard text.”—Simon Winchester, The New York Times

Gerhard Mercator lived in an era of formidable intellectual and scientific advances. At the center of the exploratory vortex were the cartographers who were painstakingly piecing together the evidence to create ever more accurate pictures of the planet. Mercator was the greatest of all of them. His inspiration—the map—solved the dimensional riddle that had vexed cosmographers for so long: How could the three-dimensional globe be converted into a two-dimensional map while retaining true compass bearings? His resulting projection revolutionized navigation and has become the most common worldview. For the first time, people were able to see the world on paper and their place in it.

Nicholas Crane, a geographer himself, has combined a keen eye for historical detail with a gift for vivid storytelling to produce this masterly and highly acclaimed biography of the man who mapped the planet.
 

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Gebruikersrecensie  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

A good book that places the cartographer in relation to some of the religious and political questions of his time. The reader also gets some insights on Exploration and the book trade of the sixteenth ... Volledige review lezen

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An excellent book about Gerard Mercator, the father of modern map making. Or, how do you make a three dimensional globe fit on a two dimensional map. Without his grid system, GIS specialists would ... Volledige review lezen

Inhoudsopgave

A Little Town Called Gangelt
1
Promised Lands
14
To the Water Margin
29
The Castle
41
Triangulation
52
The Mathematical Jewel and Other Suitable Tools
68
Neither Known Nor Explored
78
Celestial Maidens
86
Somewhere Worthy of the Muses
175
Frankfurt Fair
184
Spies and Cardinals
189
Renes Domain
206
Hunters in the Snow
212
A Study of the Whole Universe
217
liketh loveth getteth and useth
238
Ptolemy Corrected
258

Terrae Sanctae
94
Naming America
107
The Fall of Ghent
116
Latin Letters
126
A Bigger Globe Than Any
133
Enemy at the Ramparts
142
The Most Unjust Persecution
153
The Slight Youth from the North
161
The New Geography
281
Apocalypse
299
Creation
314
Notes
327
Chronology of Mercators Principal Works
374
Index
387
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Over de auteur (2004)

Nicholas Crane, a geographer and adventurer, is the author of two acclaimed books, Two Degrees West and Clear Waters Rising. He lives in London.

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