A Deeper Dive: The Pursuit of “Mappiness”

This series will forever change the way you look at maps. You will come away as a more informed and discerning map reader with an understanding of the history of cartography from early survey maps through today’s GPS network.

Willem Janszoon Blaeu

Willem Janszoon Blaeu, a Dutch cartographer, died Oct. 21, 1638, at the age of about 67; his date of birth is unknown. In 1595-96, Blaeu spent 6 months with the astronomer Tycho Brahe on the Danish island of Hven and was given access to Tycho Brahe’s catalog of...

Amerigo Vespucci

Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian emissary and explorer, was born Mar. 9, 1454. Vespucci was raised in Florence, but around the time that Columbus was setting out on his first voyage, Vespucci was sent to Spain by Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de’ Medici on financial business;...

Science Matters Brown Bag Forum: All Maps are Lies!

Maps spur our imagination. Maps transport us. In maps we trust. But all maps are lies. Filled with examples of maps from the Show-Me State and beyond, this presentation will forever change the way you look at maps.

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Joseph Nicollet

Joseph Nicolas Nicollet, a French astronomer and cartographer, was born July 24, 1786.  When he lost his fortune in the July Revolution of 1830, Nicollet came to the United States, offering his services to the government in the mapping of the West. After making an...