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Who is the author of the Apian map projections?

Krisztián Kerkovits


This paper aims to investigate whether Apian could be the developer of his namesake map projections. Evidences suggest that these mappings should not have been named after Apian. The most likely inventor of the Apian I map projection is Amerigo Vespucci, and the Apian II projection was probably developed only 300 years later by François Arago. Given that the case of Apian map projections is not a single example when the map projection is not named after its real inventor and the original authorship of more mappings might be questioned in the future, the cartographic community should revise, whether it is a good convention to name map projections after their supposed inventor.


history of maps; Petrus Apianus; map projections; François Arago's map

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