Frank Jacobs loves maps, but finds most atlases too predictable. He collects and comments on all kinds of intriguing maps—real, fictional, and what-if ones—and has been writing the Strange Maps blog since 2006, first on WordPress and now for Big Think.
This book addresses the fundamental principles of visual perception and map symbolism and critically examines the assumptions behind the theories of psychophysical testing and cartographic communication. This revised and expanded edition includes new sections on the relationship between cartography and art, and the distinction between knowledge and skill.
Understanding Geology through Maps guides young professional geologists and students alike in understanding and interpreting the world's dynamic and varying geological landscapes through the liberal use of visual aids including figures, maps, and diagrams.
Maps are changing. They have become important and fashionable once more. Rethinking Maps brings together leading researchers to explore how maps are being rethought, made and used, and what these changes mean for working cartographers, applied mapping research, and cartographic scholarship. It offers a contemporary assessment of the diverse forms that mapping now takes and, drawing upon a number of theoretic perspectives and disciplines, provides an insightful commentary on new ontological and epistemological thinking with respect to cartography. ...
Books on Cartography
The following books are about Cartography, but contain sections on understanding and reading maps.
Recognized as the classic resource in cartography, this text continues to integrate the latest modern technology with traditional cartographic principles. The balanced author team provides a solid conceptual foundation in the basic principles of cartography while introducing the newest technological advances which have greatly altered modern cartographic techniques. New features include a complete updating of topical data and a shift in emphasis from ``small-scale to all-scale maps.'' Systematic coverage is given to both theory and applications with all basic map making tools presented including formulas, tables and constants.
Map Use: Reading, Analysis, Interpretation is a comprehensive book designed for the college curriculum. Updated with a new chapter highlighting web map design, the new edition also adds information about the use of imagery and remote sensing. Map Use provides students with the knowledge and skills to read and understand maps and offers professional cartographers a thorough reference resource.
Presents a fascinating exploration into the minds of twelve mapmakers. Discover how their unique backgrounds, philosophies, values, and politics led each to select a particular mathematical formula to create their maps. Learn about the impact those world images have had on us, consciously and unconsciously.
Maps are universal forms of communication, easily understood and appreciated regardless of culture or language. This truly magisterial book introduces readers to the widest range of maps ever considered in one volume: maps from different time periods and a variety of cultures; maps made for divergent purposes and depicting a range of environments; and maps that embody the famous, the important, the beautiful, the groundbreaking, or the amusing. Built around the functions of maps--the kinds of things maps do and have done--Maps confirms the vital role of maps throughout history in commerce, art, literature, and national identity. ...
From prehistoric rock art to the globe-spanning visions of Google Earth, this three-part series tells the dramatic story of mapmaking--its origins, development, myriad uses, and ongoing potential. Each episode addresses technological hurdles in the evolution of cartography while shedding light on issues relating to power, wealth, religion, and human knowledge across history. After following these seismic scientific and cultural shifts, viewers may never look at maps in the same way again.