Mercator: The Man Who Mapped The Planet

by Nicholas Crane, Henry Holt & Co., 2003, ISBN 0805066241, 320 pages.

This biography of Gerard Mercator details his early life as coming from a poor farming family.  Orphaned at an early age, he grew up in the turbulent times of the 16th century when Europe underwent significant social and religious change. The book details his life and significant contributions to cartography including the map projection for which he is best known. An interesting story but Crane’s writing style at times can be difficult to follow as he often looses focus on his subject and drifts into other related history of the times.
Chuck Gray
From Society’s June 2003 Newsletter