Mercator : The Man Who Mapped the Planet

By: Crane, Nicholas

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“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.

Title: Mercator : The Man Who Mapped the Planet

Author Name: Crane, Nicholas

Categories: Biography, Autobiography, Memoirs,

Publisher: London, Phoenix House: 2003

ISBN Number: 075381692x

ISBN Number 13: 9780753816929

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Nr. Fine

Seller ID: 013636

Description: Pages lightly tanned, no other apparent defects.