Challenges Old View
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kate Larsen 800-736-1293 /
In the dynamic book,
Seeing Through Maps: Many Ways To See The World,
authors Denis Wood, Ward L. Kaiser, and Bob Abramms
challenge the popular world-view by questioning a number of
map images and the specific messages they communicate. Maps
imply a truth, but that truth can be quite skewed depending
on the viewpoint of the map creator. This book takes a hard
look at truth by carefully inspecting some familiar, and
not-so-familiar, map images and exploring their
The normally staid world of
geographers is unusually excited by this dramatic new
approach to the meaning of images.
Professor John H. Andrews of
the Department of Geography at Trinity College (Dublin,
Ireland) says the book is "compulsively readable…you
discussed a number of projections I had known nothing about,
and even succeeded in making some new points about Mercator."
Professor Tom Koch of the Department of Geography at UBC
(Vancouver, BC, Canada) says " Seeing Through Maps
is absolutely the best introduction available on map
projections, their history and importance. The text weaves
the theory and history of maps-at-large -- from mental maps
to amateur work to high cartography -- into a seamless
thematic whole.…erudite and invigorating… satisfying and
The Geographical Review
"substance-packed…thought provoking without being
complicated or convoluted."
Seeing Through Maps, however, extends beyond
cartography. The book discusses how map projections provide
information about countries, cultures, the world's peoples
and their history. It also explains the principles and
hidden messages contained in a number of unique maps and
provocative images: Peters’ Equal Area Projection, Van
Sant’s GeoSphere Map; Fuller’s Dymaxion Map; a
Toronto-centered world map; Minard's map of Napoleon's march
on Moscow; Petit's map of African slave trading routes; a
global warming map; and some intriguing, mind-stretching
maps with south on top.
"This [book] will encourage a
spirited discussion of perceptions, world views, and the
importance of…seeing things differently," says Government
Training News. Ivor Miller (African Diaspora Studies,
DePaul University) says it is "a beautiful study that
prepares students to think using multiple perspectives." The
book is suitable for social studies, global studies, and
psychology courses in universities.
A companion DVD,
Many Ways to See
the World, is available. It includes a 30 minute
classroom film (suitable for junior high to adult),
PowerPoint files, sample book chapters, MP3 audio files, as
well as bonus footage and trailers.
Price: $24.95 (152 pages, 70+ images, 11" x 8-1/2"
www.odtmaps.com or 1-800-736-1293.
Author interviews are available from ODT, Inc.
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