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What I do for a living! I'm a map projections (coordinate systems) expert for a
GIS software company. We have 7 of the xkcd 977 projections, just added an 8th
and you can emulate Gall-Peters with a different projection.
We generally steer clear of self-named projections because there are usually
some rights issues. We added Fuller (the Dymaxion name is a trademark iirc)
after BFI requested it and made it public.
I have a degree in physics, so I had the mathematical background to fool around
with this sort of thing, having had some interest after seeing the pretty
pictures in certain books about the subject.
Getting back to my map projection pages, I've made a number of minor additions,
but in some ways, I'm taking them to the next level - first by adding some more
sophisticated conformal projections based on elliptic integrals, and now I've
given the formulas for maintaining the conformal property or the equal-area
property for the ellipsoid - just in the simplest fashion of replacing the
latitude with an equivalent spherical one. (The "authalic" latitude for equal-
area; no doubt it has a fancy name for conformal too, and I'll encounter it soon