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Interpreting Our World: 100 Discoveries That Revolutionized Geography

By Joseph J. Kerski

Geography has suffered from a Rodney Dangerfield image in recent decades. It is the unsung science that has played a tremendous role in shaping the world we live in. The author, Joseph Kerski, uses stories of the pivotal discoveries, seminal figures, and concepts of geography from ancient to modern times to reveal the critical role geography has played in the development of civilization. Interpreting Our World: 100 Discoveries That Revolutionized Geography presents an unranked and nonchronological list that invites exploration. Though presented as a tool for educators, the format and the further reading list at the end of each chapter encourage any reader not only to appreciate the tremendous contributions of geography as a discipline but to pursue more information about these fascinating topics.

Kerski is a geographer who teaches an array of courses at the primary, secondary, and university level in the classroom and via massive open online courses (MOOCs). Prior to becoming an education manager for Esri, he served for 22 years as a geographer and cartographer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the US Census Bureau, and the US Geological Survey. He received a doctorate in geography from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has authored, coauthored, and contributed to many books including Spatial Mathematics: Theory and Practice through Mapping and The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data. ABC-CLIO, 2016, 386 pps., ISBN-13: 978-1610699198