Apianus, Petrus (pēˈtrəs āpēāˈnəs) [key], Latinized from Peter Bienewitz or Bennewitz pāˈtər bēˈnəvĭts, bĕnˈəvĭts, 1495–1552, German cosmographer and mathematician. He was professor of mathematics at Ingolstadt and was noted for his knowledge of astronomy and his general learning. Best known among his writings is the Cosmographia (1524), which has some of the earliest maps of America.
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