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From 1974 to 1996 he taught in the school of design at north carolina state university in 1992 he curated the power of maps exhibition for the cooper hewitt national museum of design remounted at the smithsonian in washington dc in 1994 for which he wrote the book the power of mapsthis wide ranging and engaging learn arcgis lesson is a great starting point for site newcomers because it demonstrates as the name implies the power of maps in less than 60 minutes youll explore maps explaining the 2008 election returns and the 1863 battle of gettysburgthe author shows how maps are made to appear as unbiased reference objects though they actually depict like a photograph a subjective point of viewhe discusses the signs and myths inherent in maps and suggests ways to decode the interests implicit in their representationrethinking the power of maps is not an easy read but an eye opening one the language can be daunting even for us english speakers not just in the use of vocabulary but in the broadness of the conceptual frame i read it with my browser open to wikipediathis volume ventures into terrain where even the most sophisticated map fails to leadthrough the mapmakers bias denis wood shows how maps are not impartial reference objects but rather instruments of communication persuasion and power like paintings they express a point of view by connecting us to a reality that could not exist in the absence of mapsa world of property lines and

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