Alan MacEachren’s book “How Maps Work” provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles of cartography and the art and science of making maps. The book begins by exploring the history of maps and their evolution over time, before delving into the key elements of map design, such as typography, color, and composition.
MacEachren also covers the various types of maps, from traditional physical maps to thematic maps that convey specific information such as population density or political boundaries. He discusses the different projection systems used to represent the earth’s surface on a flat map and the impact of these choices on the accuracy and distortion of the resulting map.
Throughout the book, MacEachren emphasizes the importance of the intended audience and purpose of the map in determining its design and content. He also discusses the use of technology in modern cartography, including digital mapping tools and geographic information systems (GIS).
Overall, “How Maps Work” is a valuable resource for anyone interested in cartography or in understanding how maps can be used to convey complex information visually. The book is accessible to readers with little or no prior knowledge of mapmaking, but also offers insights and guidance for experienced cartographers looking to refine their skills.