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Description - How Maps Work by Alan M. MacEachren

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781572300408
ISBN-10: 157230040X
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 513
Imprint: Guilford Publications
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Publish Date: 30-Nov-1995
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Alan M. MacEachren

Alan M. MacEachren is currently Professor of Geography and Director of the GeoVISTA Center at The Pennsylvania State University. In addition to researching cognitive and semiotic aspects of how maps work, he is active in the development of interactive systems for geographic visualization and in understanding and enabling group work with geospatial information and technologies. He is the author of Some Truth with Maps and coeditor of Visualization in Modern Cartography.