The very small Epilogue is also fairly weak in explaining how Mercator, his projections, and his Atlas made it's way from ~1595 to us today. For the first time, people were able to see the world on paper and their place in it. Disclaimer:An apparently unread copy in perfect condition. The Making Of The British Landscape: From the Ice Age to the Present. Most of that was interesting but not pertinent to what I wanted to know. Mercator is an interesting person - born to a peasant family with the patriarch working as a shoe maker, Mercator manages to eke out an education when his uncle the priest sponsors him to the local college.
Together with Richard Crane he was awarded the 1992 by the for his journeys in , China, and Africa. He was elected President of the Royal Geographical Society in 2015. One walks away from this book with hardly any idea about Mercator the man. Or, how do you make a three dimensional globe fit on a two dimensional map. Even though Mercator never left Northern Europe, he invented italic script, met the great humanists of the day, and mapped the world twice over.
The reviews we've had so far have been excellent: 'It is a mark of Crane's huge achievement and detailed research that, as well as Mercator the geographer, we have a view of Gerard, a man whose loss of his own father early in life makes him long for family stability and whose humanist beliefs trouble his Catholic conscience. Physical description; xiii, 348 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations some color , maps ; 25 cm. But I wish you all would read this book, for it is a considerable achievement. Distilled from Wikipedia, accessed 07-Aug-2012: Nicholas Crane born 6 May 1954 is an English geographer, explorer, writer and broadcaster was born in Hastings, East Sussex, but grew up in Norfolk. Lines of longitude point directly toward the geographical North pole. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading.
Gerard Mercator 1512-1594 was born at the dawn of the Age of Discovery, when the world was beginning to be discovered and carved up by navigators, geographers and cartographers. I did not learn a lot about either. It appears to be painstakingly researched and provides a narrative of Gerardus Kremer's entire life. Not only can Crane tell the reader about secret Protestant meetings, he can tell you where they were held, who attended, and even the occupation of each of the attendees. Physical description; xv, 397 p.
The reader also gets some insights on Exploration and the book trade of the sixteenth century. Gerhard Mercator 1512-1594 was born at the dawn of the Age of Discovery, when the world was beginning to be discovered and carved up by navigators, geographers and cartographers. Mercator lived in one of the most cosmopolitan regions of the world during very turbulent times. We carry a wide selection o. Perhaps this book is better suited for those in academia or those with an immense interest in the history of geography. Mercator was the greatest and most ingenious cartographer of them all: it was he who coined the word 'atlas' and solved the riddle of converting the three-dimensional globe into a two-dimensional map while retaining true compass bearings.
Starting with globes he created the conventional way of putting a map on a flat surface with minimal distortion. However, I touchingly felt that I could almost begin to imagine how wonderful it must have felt to him to finish writing it, and to be reunited with his ever understanding wife and three children. A biography of the genius who mapped the world and for ever changed the face of the planet - by a bestselling author. Fine cloth copy in a near fine, very slightly edge-nicked and dust-dulled dust wrapper, now mylar-sleeved. He was also a very respectable human being, with an unrelenting work ethic and incredibly high standards for his work. It's hard to understand the maps and reasoning when the examples are all clumped together. Mercator was the greatest and most ingenious cartographer of them all: it was he who coined the word 'atlas' and solved the riddle of converting the three-dimensional globe into a two-dimensional map while retaining true compass bearings.
Crane brings this great man vividly to life, underlying it with colour illustrations of the maps themselves: maps that brought to a rapt public wonders as remarkable as today's cyber-world. But, if anything, I congratulate the author for staying focused, that I still want to know more and am looking for other sources is testament to the work. The take of Gerard Mercator is one of tragedy and triumph. The last two pages of the epilogue tell us more about the projection itself than the whole of the rest of the book. And one last point, people including myself at one point disparage the Mercator projection for its distortions, and the apparent agrandization of the northern hemisphere in relation to the equatorial regions. In fact, there have been a lot of books about scientific history and this is a worthy addition to the genre. In I picked this up from a remainders table for a few bucks, not sure whether it would really be that interesting.
Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Given all the details of the book, I was disappointed Crane did not write more about Mercator's projection. In fact, I'm not entirely sure if this book is all that readable outside of an academic setting. How did Mercator reconcile his religious beliefs with a science that would make Christian maps obsolete? Notes; Includes bibliographical references and index. Although the author often goes off on tangents, offering background information about the latest person involved in Mercator's life and there are many, many people involved , his writing is accessible and the tale irresistible.
It took me 40pgs or so to really get into it. 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? Near Fine Book in Near Fine Dust Jacket. Nicholas Crane's new book Mercator: The Man Who Mapped the Planet tells how Gerard Mercator, born in 1512 and son of a cobbler,became a founding father of modern geography. Nicholas Crane-a fellow geographer-has combined a keen eye for historical detail with a gift for vivid storytelling to produce a masterful biography of the man who mapped the planet. It took me weeks to read this book, but I always wanted to go back to it.