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The Map That Changed the World: A Tale of Rocks, Ruin and Redemption (Paperback)
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The Map That Changed the World: A Tale of Rocks, Ruin and Redemption (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 04/07/2002
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Following the hugely successful hardback, this extraordinary tale of the father of modern geology looks set to be the non fiction paperback for 2002. Hidden behind velvet curtains above a stairway in a house in London's Piccadilly is an enormous and beautiful hand-coloured map - the first geological map of anywhere in the world. Its maker was a farmer's son named William Smith. Born in 1769 his life was beset by troubles: he was imprisoned for debt, turned out of his home, his work was plagiarised, his wife went insane and the scientific establishment shunned him. It was not until 1829, when a Yorkshire aristocrat recognised his genius, that he was returned to London in triumph: The Map That Changed the World is his story.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780140280395
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 245 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A compelling human story" -- Boston Sunday Herald
"Well-researched narrative" -- BusinessWeek
"Winchester has once again captured the essence of persistence against odds resulting in achievement."--Library Journal (starred review)
"Smith's life provides a terrific plot to frame his contribution to science. Winchester's wonderful account does credit to it."--Publishers Weekly (*Starred Review*)
"Winchester brings Smith's struggle to life in clear and beautiful language."--New York Times Book Review
"A compelling human story"--Boston Sunday Herald
Smith s unsung life provides the perfect backdrop for yet another entertaining intellectual history. --Denver Post
Winchester masterfully weaves a compelling history. --Newsday
"Well-researched narrative"--BusinessWeek
"Smith's unsung life provides the perfect backdrop for yet another entertaining intellectual history."--Denver Post
"Winchester masterfully weaves a compelling history."--Newsday

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“The Map That Changed the World”

This is a brilliantly readable account of the life of William Smith and how his efforts helped in the establishment of one of the most all encompassing sciences, Geology. As a result of his efforts mines were opened,... More

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