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Thematic Cartography and Geographic Visualization Hardcover – 28 Jun 2004

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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (28 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130351237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130351234
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 3.5 x 28.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,143,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Hardcover
This book mainly covers visualisation of statistical information in a geographical context. It does not go deeply into, for example, geographical information systems that add information about, say, objects and infrastructure in an area. Interestingly enough it goes into quite some detail on computer-supported visualisations, including virtual environments for cartography, but a drawback of that is that that information was obsolete already when the book was printed. On the other hand the book has a web page which is frequently referred to. The text does not demand a lot if prerequisite knowledge, in particular the reader's mathematical background is assumed to be at a primary-school level, yet different styles of map projections are assumed to be familiar by name, even though the mathematical details of them are not mentioned. I found it quite interesting to see how much of cartographic data is "faked" or fudged in various ways in order to give a better overview and thus improve the viewer's understanding of relations and data.

It's a bit of a pity that the frequent colour images have been collected into a separate section, so one has to keep multiple fingers in the pages and flip back and forth to follow the exposition.

The text is somewhat US-centric, and the examples completely so, and I thought it a bit self-indulgent to spend an entire chapter on who has known who within US cartography. Sometimes I wondered if there was any specific thought behind the chosen examples of statistics that were quite often concerned with poverty and race, but the chosen data were never discussed in context.

In summary this is an easy-to-read volume with good-quality illustrations, a fair introduction to the subject.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Thematic Cartography and Geographic Visualization, Second Edition 20 Jan 2008
By Dominique Rousset - Published on
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Thematic Cartography and Geographic Visualization, Second Edition

This book is the required text for a Cartography course I am taking as part of a degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The text is well written, and very well organized. The chapters are short enough and deliver the right amount of theory to be read and absorbed in one sitting. The book addresses classical cartographic issues as well as modern digital mapping and GIS.

Where the book fails miserably is in its layout. I expect that a book that costs as much as this one did, and which relies on colour plates will be printed in full colour from cover to cover. However, all the colour plates have been collected near the back of the book. This wouldn't be a big deal but for the constant references in the text inviting one to make comparisons between the black and white figures which are inset, and colour plates at the back: lot's of flipping back and forth, breaking the flow.

Like I said, the contents is very good, but for $121, you can keep the hard cover, but give me a full colour textbook with inset colour figures and diagrams.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Best Cartography Textbook 17 Dec 2005
By GeoVizer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I teach beginning and advanced cartography, and this is the textbook I use. It features up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of cartographic theory and practice.

It is not tied to any particular software (such as ArcGIS). This could be a minus if you are trying to teach yourself. It is also quite expensive. However, it can be used in multiple courses.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Learn how to design maps that are visually compelling 25 Oct 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book provides a very comprehensive review of all aspects associated with map background knowledge necessary to create visually compelling maps, either on screen displays or plot layouts.

It is not for novices and math background is required to fully exploit all the chapters devoted to data clustering for proper map layer design.

Definitely worth reading.
Great Resource! 18 April 2012
By Nathan A. Pugh - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The 2nd edition has all the basics of cartography that are needed to create a good map. It is lacking in regards to updated software and visualization techniques but with the basics it has enough to help anyone make a good map get through a cartography class.
0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Thematic Cartography 15 Feb 2009
By Joyce Hall - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The book was delivered in the time frame that was given and it was in very good condition. Thank you for selling a great product!
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