A review of How Maps Work: Representation, Visualization, and Design by Alan M. MacEachren.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Elisabeth S. Nelson, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: If you are searching for a detailed guide to contemporary cartographic research issues, How Maps Work is the book you need. This encyclopedia volume covers many of the major ideas currently being examined by academic cartographers. The goal of the book, as stated by MacEachren, is to provide a basis from which cartographers might begin to build an understanding of how maps work. As he clearly points out in the preface “Understanding how and why maps work (or do not work) as representations in their own right and as prompts to further representations, and what it means for a map to work, are critical issues as we embark on a visual information age” (p. v).

Additional Information

Cartographic Perspectives, no. 24 (Spring): 27-30.
Language: English
Date: 1996
Book review, Cartography, Visual representation

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