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Geographic Information Systems and Science Paperback – August 9, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0470721445 ISBN-10: 0470721448 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (August 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470721448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470721445
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I highly recommend this book for GIS professionals.
Leslie Jacobs
The book was in perfect shape (i dont mind the wear and tear because it is a book that have been used many time).
Mee Yang
The text is a bit too small and has poor contrast so it's difficult to read.
Brenda Barnes

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Jacobs on July 24, 2012
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I am currently taking the companion online training course offered via ESRI with this reference. I have a Bachelor's degree in GIS and 12+ years experience. This is a very good, overall GIS reference that explains higher level GIS . . and gives a good background on elementary GIS concepts (for those of us who have been in the field long enough to need a review). I highly recommend this book for GIS professionals.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By a dad on May 9, 2013
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If you're a teacher, don't use this book. Use the excellent books from ESRI instead. Just as an example, the authors wasted half the first chapter discussing the difference between knowledge and wisdom. Then they spent considerable effort building nuanced definitions of common terms such as data. Someone studying GIS on a short time schedule doesn't need these philosophical essays about terminology. Perhaps they were just padding the book so it would qualify as a textbook or maybe they really believed that they were the only ones who had ever pondered the difference between knowledge and wisdom and they needed to educate the rest of us. Then they go on to describe the internet and it's history as if they spent the last 20 years in a bomb shelter. Then an essay about the scientific method which we learned in third grade. But the real problem is the long, complicated, boring and redundant sentences, page after never-ending page. They should have contracted it out to professional writers. Compare it to the ESRI books and you'll see what I mean.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John S on February 10, 2012
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This book covers many ideas you need to know, however, it does a poor job of explaining those ideas. It may be useful if you have an instructor who can elaborate on the concepts. Often, the explanations will be long winded yet not even thorough, just obtuse. This approach tends to make the material seem more difficult than it actually is. Also, Chapter 6 belongs in the back of the book. The Chang text has much better structure and clarity.

I remember taking linguistics classes where the textbook writing was dense, but that was just the nature of the material. The writing in this book is dense as well, however, the density of this book is more of a function of expository style.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Barnes on March 17, 2014
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The paper is too thin so the pages cling together making it a pain to turn pages. The text is a bit too small and has poor contrast so it's difficult to read.

The content itself is much too wordy and pretentious! The authors spent more time thinking up big words to use, then they did on the content itself. This book is a VERY poor choice for people new to the field, and too vauge and pretentious for people who are already familiar with the concepts in the book.

It was torture to read and I would NOT recommend it to anyone.
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What is it with some of these fields (disaster research is another good one) - they spend an inordinate amount of time gushing on and on about the 'fathers of the field' as if to suggest that no other humans alive could have done what they did. Don't get me wrong, the pioneers of this and other fields are remarkable people, but if I want to read a biography, I'll buy one. This book spends far too much time on the history of the field and too little on today's practical applications. It gets the job done, but you can tear a lot of pages out when you get it and it won't diminish your knowledge a hoot.
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Het boek was in goede staat: er was niet in geschreven maar er waren wel wat ezelsoren aan. Volgens de berichtgeving van de bezorgingsdienst zou ik een tot twee maanden moeten wachten op mijn bestelling. Tot mijn grote verbazing werd het boek al na drie weken bezorgd met de taxidienst.
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By Pzano on January 13, 2013
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There are multiple authors who use the same terminology in a different context. It makes for maddening moments of confusion. I bought this book for a Master's class so I cant really say I enjoyed it in any matter. Its a foundation basics book for GIS.
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By GG on November 6, 2012
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It is a good book if you want background knowledge of GIS and what GIS is. Otherwise not very useful.
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