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In addition to coining the cartographic term atlas, he solved the riddle of converting a 3-dimensional globe into a 2-dimensional map; who is he?




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Answer: Mercator

Gerhard Mercator (1512 - 1594)

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That riddle is insoluble: but Mercator found one clever way of projecting a curved surface onto a flat one. Others have come up with other ideas, but perfection (distanced and angles are all correct) is unattainable.
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