Entrepreneur Michael Erlewine, an internationally-known astrologer, has studied and practiced astrology for over 40 years, as an author, teacher, lecturer, personal consultant, programmer, and conference producer. Erlewine pioneered computerized astrology, the first astrologer to program astrology on microcomputers and make those programs available to his fellow astrologers. This was in 1977. He founded the first astrology software company, Matrix Software, in 1978, and that company, along with Microsoft, are the two oldest software companies still on the Internet.
Michael, joined by his astrologer-brother Stephen Erlewine, went on to revolutionize astrology by producing microcomputer software for the first written astrological reports, first research system, first high-resolution chart wheels, geographic and star maps, and on and on. Erlewine has a least two other careers. In the 1960s, he was a musician. He hitchhiked with Bob Dylan, was the lead singer for the Prime Movers Blues Band (Iggy Pop was his drummer), and opened for bands like Cream at the Fillmore in San Francisco, during the Summer of Love. An expert in blues music, Erlewine interviewed and documented dozens of blues musicians. He went on to found and develop the All-Music Guide, All-Movie Guide, and other major entertainment sites. He has developed astrological content under contract with MSN, AOL, and his companies have received scores of awards. Michael himself has received major awards from the American Federation of Astrologers, UAC (United Astrology Congress), and Professional Astrologers, Incorporated.
Erlewine has written many articles and books on astrology, and is the curator of the Heart Center Astrological Library, perhaps the largest astrological library available to researchers. Michael has made two pilgrimages to Tibet, and is a practicing Buddhist. He has been married 39 years, has four children, and lives with his wife, Margaret, in Big Rapids, Michigan. He can be reached at Michael@Astrologyland.com.
The "Peters" world map projection
I'm reading "Flattening the Earth" by John Snyder, and it confirms something I've thought for a long time. So I'm doing my part to set the record straight.
In 1973 Arno Peters claimed to have invented a perfect map projection. In fact, he didn't create it, and it's not perfect.
The class of projections that Peters' falls into (cylindrical equal-area) had been known about and used for centuries, and the one he made specifically (cylindrical equal-area with standard latitude 45°) is identical to one made in 1885 by James Gall.
This projection is equal-area, yes, but it does not, as Peters claimed, preserve angles, shapes, or distances