maps en Happy 500th Birthday, Mr. Mercator <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Great cartographer was born 500 years ago today </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> I am a map geek. Holidays and birthdays, my wife doesn&#39;t have to think too hard about what to get me: a map, preferably a facsimile of an old one of an area where I have just been on assignment.</p> <p> Anyway, today is the birthday of the great Gerardus Mercator.&nbsp; He was born 500 years ago today as <a href=",,15786907,00.html">Gheert Kramer</a> in Flanders, now part of Belgium, then part of the Holy Roman Empire. Kramer means merchant in English, merchant in Latin becomes Mercator, and that&#39;s how he is remembered.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Home maps Mercator Mercator projection Regions Europe Germany Culture & Lifestyle Education On Europe Europa GlobalPost Blogs Mon, 05 Mar 2012 21:16:52 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5694689 at Librarians find lost copy of Waldseemuller map, 'America's birth certificate' The A4-sized copy resurfaced in Munich University Library, when two members of staff came across it by chance in a 19th-century Viennese book on geometry.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> maps Germany United States Wed, 04 Jul 2012 16:41:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5710580 at This map shows which export makes your country the most money <p>Australia makes the most money from coal. Who knew?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> maps Need to Know Regions Global Economy Wed, 14 May 2014 16:42:00 +0000 Simran Khosla 6136931 at These maps show where you can still go to jail for apostasy or blasphemy <p>Nearly a quarter of the globe has anti-blasphemy laws.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> maps Need to Know Peru Somalia Iran Sudan Iraq Politics World Religion Morocco Nigeria Indonesia Pakistan Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:52:00 +0000 Simran Khosla 6165706 at This map shows which disease is most likely to kill you depending on where you live <p>Most of the world will die of heart disease.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa maps Need to Know Americas Asia-Pacific Europe Middle East Health Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:10:00 +0000 Simran Khosla 6172188 at These are the most religious places in the world (and what they're practicing) <p>This map shows the countries where more than half the population consider themselves practicing members of one particular faith.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> maps Need to Know World Religion Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:06:00 +0000 Simran Khosla 6205063 at