**The Mercator Projection**

Hi People

Spreading a whale's body out on a flat sheet is really
pretty sophisticated stuff, when you stop and think about it. It was the
invention that we credit to Mercator (16th century) for putting a flat map of
the globe into the form that we still use most
often.

Regards

Steve Price

Dear folks -

Steve's mention of Mercator made me do a search or two on
his name.

Some of you will be familiar with the sort of thing that I
found.

Mercator's projection is most frequently referred to as a
mathematical formula and there is, nowadays, a formula that produces it, BUT one
of the really remarkable things about Mercator's achievment is that he
demonstrated it before Newton, before calculus, and without any complicated
calculations. He used only a ruler and compass.

Yes, the Chilkats, with
their distributed abstactions of animal images, can be seen the heirs of a
pretty sophisticated graphic heritage. But also one originally established using
pretty simple tools.

Regards,

R. John Howe