2nd Edition

Understanding Maps





ISBN 9780582239272
Published June 4, 1996 by Routledge
350 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

  • PART ONE: THE MAP AS VISUAL INFORMATION
  • Using Maps
  • An Outline of the Visual System
  • Visual Perception and Map Interpretation
  • PART TWO: THE MAP AS A SYMBOLIC REPRESENTATION
  • Signs and Symbols
  • Representation in Two Dimensions
  • The Map as a Correct Description
  • PART THREE: THE MAP AS A COMMUNICATION
  • Theories and Models of Cartographic Communication
  • Communication, Map Use and Cartographic Objectives
  • Map-using Operations
  • The Map as Rhetoric
  • Rhetoric and Communication
  • The Map as a Text
  • Cartographic Theory and Cartographic Practice
  • PART FOUR: THE MAP AS AN ARTISTIC WORK
  • Artistic Works and Works of Art
  • Cartography as a Graphic Art
  • Generalisation and Composition
  • Style, Fashion and Taste
  • PART FIVE: THE MAP AS A PRODUCT OF SKILL
  • Digital Maps and Geographic Information Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence and Cartographic Tasks
  • Expert Systems and Map Production

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