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by Nicholas Crane

ISBN: 080506625X
ISBN13: 978-0805066258
Language: English
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks (February 1, 2004)
Pages: 432
Category: Professionals and Academics
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Geographer Nicholas Crane tells the story of the man who mapped .

Geographer Nicholas Crane tells the story of the man who mapped planet Earth. Nicholas Crane writes as clearly and elegantly about Mercator's technical achievements - his invention of overlapping maps, the 'elastic magic' of his Projection - as he does about the consequences of the Reformation for intellectual life on the Continent. It is also, however, the product of considerable imagination and insight, an intensive effort of sympathy by one geographer for another.

Certainly Mercator's maps were part of that. In addition to being an extremely comprehensive biography of Gerard Mercator, Nicholas Crane's book proves equally interesting as a history lesson on 16th century Europe

Certainly Mercator's maps were part of that. The more I wanted was about WHAT he had done and WHO he was. I did not learn a lot about either. In addition to being an extremely comprehensive biography of Gerard Mercator, Nicholas Crane's book proves equally interesting as a history lesson on 16th century Europe. The Reformation, and the efforts to quell it, influenced the work of Mercator and other scientists of the time, and were responsible for Mercator's uprooting and imprisonment and nearly saw him executed for heresy. The state of mapmaking is another intriguing subject, as it involved a surprising amount of guesswork and reliance on ancient sources.

Nicholas Crane-a fellow geographer-has combined a keen eye for historical detail with a gift for vivid storytelling to produce a. .Bibliografische gegevens. Mercator: The Man Who Mapped the Planet.

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. Henry Holt and Company, 2014.

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Mercator: The Man Who Mapped the Planet (2003). Great British Journeys (2007).

For the neo-Nazi skinhead, see Nicky Crane. His 2000 book Two Degrees West described his walk North to South down Great Britain in which he followed the eponymous meridian as closely as possible. More recently he published a biography of Gerard Mercator, the great Flemish cartographer. Together with Richard Crane he was awarded the 1992 Mungo Park Medal by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for his journeys in Tibet, China, Afghanistan and Africa. Mercator: The Man Who Mapped the Planet (2003).

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Mercator, by Nicholas Crane, is a first class story about Mercator, his work and the troubled times

Mercator, by Nicholas Crane, is a first class story about Mercator, his work and the troubled times. Mercator's methods of mapmaking were major breakthroughs in layout but it is hard to understand why that was the case, considering that we have maps everywhere today, even on demand in our cars. But Crane carefully lays out the background of discovery and politics and printing and art work that shows you why Mercator's work was so breathtakingly advanced at the time. Excellant Intellectual Tale. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 16 years ago. Just look at a globe.

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“Crane’s book is quite probably destined to become the standard text.”—Simon Winchester, The New York TimesGerhard 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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Malara
I bought this book because I wanted to know more about the details of 15th and 16th century exploration from Europe westward. Certainly Mercator's maps were part of that. The more I wanted was about WHAT he had done and WHO he was.

I did not learn a lot about either.

Crane has done an excellent job of learning about and documenting the conditions of and persons in the areas where Gerald Mercator lived and worked. Most of that was interesting but not pertinent to what I wanted to know. I learned a lot about the town in which he was born, the various towns in which he worked, and some about Duisberg Germany - the town in which he did his best and last work.

But, I did learn that there were " rhumb lines." Apparently these lines directly point toward the magnetic North pole. Lines of longitude point directly toward the geographical North pole. What I didn't learn was the value of the former vs the latter. Wikipedia reports "...Early navigators in the time before the invention of the chronometer used rhumb-line courses on long ocean passages, because the ship's latitude could be established accurately by sightings of the Sun or stars but there was no accurate way to determine the longitude. The ship would sail North or South until the latitude of the destination was reached, and the ship would then sail East or West along the rhumb-line (actually a parallel, which is a special case of the rhumb-line), maintaining a constant latitude and recording regular estimates of the distance sailed until evidence of land was sighted..." A rhumb line course is not a great circle course which is the shortest distance between points on the Earth. Author Crane explains little of this and illustrates none of it.

As to the man himself, I learned that he was earnest, disciplined in his work, ambitious in his technical goals, and procreative at home. That's it per author Crane.

I can't give this book more than two stars based on its not meeting my needs, but I will give it a third for his illustration of the conditions of the times. So three stars.

Jwalextell
Gerard Mercator was one of history's great cartographers, and some of the contributions he made, in particular the "Mercator projection" method of representing a 3-dimensional planet on a 2-dimensional map, have stood the test of time and are still in use today. He was also a very respectable human being, with an unrelenting work ethic and incredibly high standards for his work. His strong personal convictions allowed the son of a cobbler to become something of a celebrity throughout Europe.

In addition to being an extremely comprehensive biography of Gerard Mercator, Nicholas Crane's book proves equally interesting as a history lesson on 16th century Europe. The Reformation, and the efforts to quell it, influenced the work of Mercator and other scientists of the time, and were responsible for Mercator's uprooting and imprisonment and nearly saw him executed for heresy. The state of mapmaking is another intriguing subject, as it involved a surprising amount of guesswork and reliance on ancient sources.

Readers of Mercator will not fail to notice the tremendous amount of research that Crane put into his book. Considering that the events recorded occurred more than 400 years ago, the level of detail is sometimes astonishing. 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. Unfortunately, the minutiae can become overwhelming and often make Mercator a difficult book to read.

I would recommend this book primarily to those who have an interest in the history of cartography or who are generally interested in the history of Mercator's era. For more casual readers, myself included, the book is a challenge to read and the rewards are not quite commensurate with the effort.

romrom
Who hasn't heard of "Mercator projection"? You see it every time you pick up an atlas and look at a world map with all its longitude and latitude lines.
Well, lo and behold, Mercator was a person, Gerardus Mercator, not just a projection.
This is a terrific book for anyone interested in history that goes beyond the ordinary. In fact, there have been a lot of books about scientific history and this is a worthy addition to the genre.
Mercator was born in poverty in the Low Countries and lived to become the preeminent geographer of his time when drawing an accurate map involved doing the best you could from limited resources. Starting with globes he created the conventional way of putting a map on a flat surface with minimal distortion.
This is not the easiest book to read, but it was excellent. I recommend it to anyone who wants to deal with history beyond the usual political history.

Hulis
Simply a fantastic history of Mercator and the world of travel before and after the development of the Mercator lines. Highly recommended for those who like a very well written informative read.

Mr.jeka
Wonderfully composed history of Mercator. Was a gift for my father.

Coron
I guess it's OK as a history book. A tough read.

Kashicage
It is surprising to see the description of a period from 1512 to 1594 without any reference to The Netherlands or the Dutch resurrection, that founded it's independence. As if they didn't exist.
It gave me a very detached impression.

From the cover to the very last page: I really enjoyed this book, that for a long time I had wished to read.

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