Today was the second day of the Mercator Revisited conference; another packed day of incredibly varied talks about different aspects of Mercator’s legacy; from the enduring appeal of his maps, globes and instruments which have provided subjects of study including its mathematical impact, the importance of typography and calligraphy on maps and impact of his projection on current cartography encompassing the new digital mapping techniques.
Many interesting conversations were had, new connections made and perhaps new collaborations will emerge.
And yes, the talk “Map as Metaphor” was well received and I will sleep well tonight!
Tomorrow the final day of the conference and a thorough visit of the accompanying “Mercator Digitaal” exhibition and on Saturday a visit to the Plantin Moretus Museum on Saturday which is a veritable institution; the 15th and 16th century printing press and bookshop were a crucial cog in the distribution of humanist ideas and knowledge and became of the earliest printing museums with an incredible collection of maps and other archival materials. Plantin of course also published and sold many of Mercator’s books, maps and globes.
The quote of today is “squaring the circle”!