- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (November 15, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780226010755
- ISBN-13: 978-0226010755
- ASIN: 0226010759
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.3 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Maps: Finding Our Place in the World
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mixture of geographic settings, including the US. The exposition hosted maps, many one of a kind, from institutions
and private collectors from around the globe. Held in Chicago, followed by Baltimore, the presentation is the first of
its sort in more than 50 years. Divided into seven chapters that deal with a number of topics, which include
visualizing nature and society, the mapping of the world, and mapping imaginary worlds, the rich content makes this
volume appealing to a variety of map aficionados. Especially valuable is the inclusion of a large diversity of maps
that will aid readers in increasing their knowledge of how space has been depicted over time. Not a history of
cartography, this book introduces maps and their background, incorporating their characteristics and allowing for a
greater understanding of these tools. The bibliography is a significant addition for further reading and exploration.
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Interesting book for anyone with an interest in maps. The chapters, using copious maps, point out the influence of maps across time and discipline and remind us of just how important maps are in how we see, view and form the world.
For example, one chapter discusses the bell curve and how that insight into statistics came through a visual map of data. Other chapters look at how policies and perspectives were formed by what was mapped and what was not. And, how mapping changed as we learned more about how to perceive the world in a realistic way. I love the visual features of the maps and thought placing them in the context of how they influence our vision of the social and political world was fascinating.