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Bolstad's "GIS Fundamentals" was my very first exposure to GIS. As a computer science major and someone generally interested in the math behind these sort of things, I thought it was a great introduction to GIS. It was certainly a bit dry at points, and some sections (particularly some of the database stuff) were too simplified. Besides some typos, it was a fairly good read. It is an easy book to just pick up and read without much prior knowledge. Some of the technology stuff is out of date, but ...more