NSDL teaching resources related to “representation”

Kevin Lynch was a significant contributor to city planning and city design in the twentieth century. One of Lynch’s innovations was the concept of place legibility, which is essentially the ease with which people understand the layout of a place. By introducing this idea, Lynch was able to isolate distinct features of a city, and see what specifically is making it so vibrant, and attractive to people. To understand the layout of a city, people first and foremost create a mental map.

Kevin Lynch: City Elements Create Images in Our Mind, 1960

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Claudius Ptolemaeus, better known as Ptolemy (circa 100–178 AD) made many important contributions to geography and spatial thought. Ptolemy’s most famous written works are the Almagest, a textbook of astronomy in which, among other things, he laid the foundations of modern trigonometry; the Tetrabiblos, a compendium of astrology and geography; and Geographica (his guide to “Geography”), which compiled and summarized much of the geographic information accumulated by the Greeks and Romans up to that time.

Claudius Ptolemaeus (Ptolemy): Representation, Understanding, and Mathematical Labeling of the Spherical Earth

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