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How Maps Work Representation, Visualization and Design

By: Alan M MacEachren
513 pages, Illus
How Maps Work
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  • How Maps Work ISBN: 9781572300408 Paperback Dec 2004 Usually dispatched within 5 days
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Now available in paperback for the first time, this classic work presents a cognitive-semiotic framework for understanding how maps work as powerful, abstract, and synthetic spatial representations. Explored are the ways in which the many representational choices inherent in mapping interact with information processing and knowledge construction, and how the resulting insights can be used to make informed symbolization and design decisions. A new preface to the paperback edition situates the book within the context of contemporary technologies. As the nature of maps continues to evolve, Alan MacEachren emphasizes the ongoing need to think systematically about the ways people interact with and use spatial information.


Getting there - urban transportation in context; transportation and urban form - stages in the spatial evolution of the American metropolis; the urban transportation planning process; aggregate characteristics of urban travel; modelling and predicting aggregate flows; analysis of aggregate flows - the Atlanta case; describing disaggregate flows - individual and household activity patterns; disaggregate models of travel behaviour; example - modelling choices of residential location and model of travel to work; GIS support for urban/regional transportation analysis; the political context of transportation policy; transit in American cities; land use impacts of transportation investments, highway and transit; transportation and energy; my fair share - equity issues in urban transportation; environmental impacts; metropolitan expansion - telecommuting and transportation; policy alternatives.

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By: Alan M MacEachren
513 pages, Illus
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Should be required reading for anyone making maps.--C. E. Tiedemann, University of Illinois at Chicago
"Alan MacEachren has made a significant and important contribution to our understanding of cartography. The map is as old as societies themselves and is a fundamental building block of human knowledge. This book should be mandatory reading for all those interested in the role of maps in the emerging information era."--D. R. F. Taylor, past president, International Cartographic Association
"I believe this book to be a milestone in the literature of cartography. There have been texts on the history, on the production/design and to aid the teaching of maps and mapping but there has never been such a comprehensive and balanced examination of maps as tools....With its rich array of subtopics, levels of treatment and specialized sections worthy of deep quarrying, and also its extensive and fascinating range of illustrations, I believe that this book can command a wide and va

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