Reviews & Press Coverage


Vint Cerf, Chairman of ICANN

"The Atlas of Cyberspace explores a remarkable universe of visual representations of the Internet's diversity, structure and content. Introducing a rich variety of visual metaphors, the authors lead readers through an inter-galactic assortment of ways to think about and visualize all aspects of cyberspace. The ability of the human brain to seek patterns in a chaotic cacophony of information will draw readers in to this visual cyber-odyssey. Some of the results are strikingly biological in their character leading one to wonder whether the Internet is, in fact, a peculiar noncorporeal life form!"

Wired News, 29th Sept 2001

Charting Virtual Worlds by Leander Kahney.

"Everyone who surfs the Internet should be able to identify with the Spanish conquistadors. The early Spanish conquerors blundered blindly around the New World in their quest for El Dorado.

These days, Web surfers searching for gold must also travel without maps. For years, cartographers and designers have tried to help by creating maps of cyberspace. The results have been mixed, but now the fruits of their labors have been collected in a handsome new coffee-table book, the Atlas of Cyberspace."

New York Times, Circuits section, pg F5, 25 Oct. 2001

Mapping Cyberspace by Pamela LiCalzi O'Connell

"Attempts to map cyberspace date almost from the first Internet connection more than 30 years ago. Yet the cartography of this virtual world lacked a compendium until now. ... Browsing this cyberatlas...makes clear that there may be as many perspectives on cyberspace and its contours as there are users."

Irish Times, Education and Living Supplement, EL13, 11 Dec 2001

Lost in Cyberspace? Try using a map of the superhighway by Anne Byrne

"Cyberspace is a nebulous concept to most of us, a soup of information out of which we fish facts, using search engines as hooks. So, an atlas containing hundreds of maps, diagrams and pictorial representations of cyberspace is a surprise, and aid to understanding and, most of all, a sheer pleasure to browse. The Atlas of Cyberspace, by Martin Dodge and Rob Kitchin, is a beautiful, big coffee-table book. it is possible to flick through admiring the sometimes bizarre and often complicated represenatations of a landscape inhabited by some 400 million users. But, this is a book that repays careful reading."

First Monday, June 2002

Atlas of Cyberspace by Nigel Gibson 

Although the images are the stars of the book the text is used to great effect to explain the techniques used, the type of information portrayed and the purpose of the visualization. It would be too easy for this book, with its stunning images and "kitsch" title to be seen as nothing more than a coffee table ornament. It is far, far more than that. It is a valuable resource for any students of cyberspace who want images to support or explain a particular phenomenon - if the image isn't here the links to further resources might help and, failing that, the imaging techniques and data collection methods might generate new ideas. It is also a useful documentary on the growth of the Net: from the image mentioned above it moves through the ARPANET maps of 1977 to a 1999 map showing the undersea routes of fibre optic cables. Above all that it is sumptuous!

OA Books, June 2001 Review

There's never been a book like this: a breathtaking, mind-bending mapping of the Internet that utilizes today's most sophisticated cartographic and visualization techniques! Mapmakers have turned their attention to a new realm: cyberspace. For the first time, a comprehensive selection of these maps has been collated into one source. Written for laypeople, The Atlas of Cyberspace catalogues thirty years' worth of maps to reveal the rich and varied landscapes of cyberspace. First, the authors review maps of the Internet infrastructure -- showing where the computers are located, how networks interconnect them, and how traffic flows between them. Next, they present maps of the Web, illuminating hyperlink structures and site content in compelling "informational landscapes." Additional maps examine human social interactions via e-mail, chat, bulletin boards, virtual worlds, and games.

Harvard Business School Working Knowledge Book Review 7 Jan 2002

"It seems ironic that one of the best references about the Web is actually a book, but there it is. This colorful, enlightening, and sometimes startling look at the reach and depth of the Internet is rendered in graphs, charts, and maps collected from public and private sources. The authors show visual representations of Internet traffic hopping from country to country, e-mail flow, chat room usage, and online game areas. A map showing the "urban development" over time of the online world AlphaWorld appears similar to how a real-world metropolis would develop. It's stunning. If you ever wanted to know what cyberspace looks like, this is a good place to start."

Slashdot, 30th Sept. 2001

Charting Virtual Worlds, posted by Hemos

and a nice comment from one of the posters,
"I have a feeling it will end up being the uber-geek coffee book of choice"

Barnes and Noble, Oct 2001

Editorial review by Bill Camarda 

"How do you map the Internet? In myriad ways, as it turns out. Collectively, they are remarkably revealing. Occasionally, they are remarkably beautiful, too. The full-color Atlas of Cyberspace brings together the most fascinating attempts to map the Net. More than any other book, this one makes the "virtual" world real enough to grab and hold onto.

To map a work of imagination as remarkable as the Internet, you need remarkable imagination -- and that's what's on display here, on every page.

Globebooks, 9 Oct 2001

Atlas of Cyberspce, by Andrew Allentuck 

"images of the world wide web give the globe a fascinating, irresistible appeal. They make the virtual visible. As a present for a web worker, indeed, as a present for anyone involved in technology, or as a book to ponder in quiet hours, the Atlas of Cyberspace is a lovely thing."

Netsurfer Digest, Vol. 07, Issue 34, 11th October, 2001

"This is at heart a coffee table book, filled with neat maps of cyberspace. There are over 300 full-color maps of Internet topology here, ranging over a time span of 30 years. Beyond the eye candy, the book provides information on the latest research in visualization techniques for mapping the topology and behavior of the Net. The book also explores images of cyberspace as portrayed in art, film, and literature. It's a good holiday gift for the Net addict in your life."

PC Utilities, Jan 2002

Editor's Choice 

The Atlas of Cyberspace is a grand book in terms of what it sets out to do. As the title suggests, the book sets out to relate current thining regarding the mapping of cyberspace, whether this be visually mapping the Net or attempts at virtual reality worlds for computer games and movies. It's a book driven by pictures and indeed the general layout of the book is one page of wonderful colour picyures for every page of text. The authors say that the curious task of mapping something which doesn't really exist is done to not only record states of knowledge but also to generate new knowledge. The text is fascinating but the undoubted strength of the book is in the pictures, from the first initial 'back of an envelope' sketches of Arpanet in 1969 all the way to the worldwide map of the Net, looking not unlike a huge flower.

Geoinformatics, April 2002

New Cartographies to chart cyberspace

Darwin Magazine, April 2002

Charting the virtual world by Sari Kalin, April 2002

Atlante Del Cyberspazio by Daniele Balit

Environment and Planning B, April 2002

Atlas of Cyberspace by Danny Dorling (local copy)

Transfert, March 2002

Cybergeographie: Les Codes Sociaux du Cyberspace

Welt @m Draht Wege im Cyberspace by Dirk Asendorpf

Radio interview on German radio station, SWR2 Wissen, Sendung am Montag, 25. Februar 2002, ab 8.30 Uhr

GIS Vision

Mapping Cyberspace by Susan Smith, February 2002

Newshouse News Service, 23 Jan 2002

Charting the Internet: Today's Maps Have More Form Than Function by Margie Wylie 

The Guardian, 11th Oct. 2001

Atlas of Cyberspace 

Holland Herald (KLM in-flight magazine), Jan 2002, 1st Oct. 2001

Cyberspace gets its own atlas, by Pia Heikkila

Network of the World, 1st Oct. 2001

Surfing Made Simple: British academics map the virtual world of the Web in an illustrated book called the Atlas of Cyberspace, by Lisa Pollen, 25th Oct. 2001

Ways to Map Cyberspace

Nooface, 30 Nov 2001

Mapping Cyberspace

Creative Review, Nov 2001 

A fascinating insight into a brave new world

The Lawyer, 12th Sept. 2001

Atlas of Cyberspace

CBL Source

PC Format

Featured in PC Format story 'Break the Net', January 2002

American Scientist, Oct 2001

Navegante, 14th Nov 2001

Un atlas para surcar la Red, by Jose Luis De Vicente

La Tercera, 15th October 2001

Publican el primer atlas del ciberespacio, by Ricardo Acevedo Zalaquett 

Science World, 12th October 2001

Atlas kyberprostoru by Jan Kapoun, 2nd October 2001

Praktverk om Internett: Bilder fra en digital verden, by Tore Neset

ComON, 2nd October 2001

Atlas over cyberspace, by Karim Pedersen

FOK! 2nd October 2001

Internet staat op de kaart

1st October 2001

Kortlægning af Cyberspace. (local copy)

October 2001

Atlas du cyberespace, by Eric Bernard

Atlas of Cyberspace

Wired News on Spanish Lycos, 1st October 2001

Mapas del ciberespacio



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