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05/03/1512 Flemish cartographer Gerardus Mercator is born

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The Man Behind Mercator Projections - Stuff of Genius

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Mercator 1569 world map - Video Learning - WizScience.com

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Why Every World Map You've Ever Read is Wrong

He is known for a method of displaying curved surface of the Earth in a flat map called Mercator projection. In 1569 he drew a world map which represented sailing courses of constant bearing as straight lines. This innovation is still used in modern nautical charts. Mercator was interested in many other subjects, like theology, philosophy, history, mathematics, etc.
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