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    DescriptionIn 1793, a canal digger named William Smith made a startling discovery. He found that by tracing the placement of fossils, which he uncovered in his excavations, one could follow layers of rocks as they dipped and rose and fell--clear across England and, indeed, clear across the world--making it possible, for the first time ever, to draw a chart of the hidden underside of the earth. Smith spent twenty-two years piecing together the fragments of this unseen universe to create an epochal and remarkably beautiful hand-painted map. But instead of receiving accolades and honors, he ended up in debtors' prison, the victim of plagiarism, and virtually homeless for ten years more. The Map That Changed the World is a very human tale of endurance and achievement, of one man's dedication in the face of ruin. With a keen eye and thoughtful detail, Simon Winchester unfolds the poignant sacrifice behind this world-changing discovery.

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    The Map That Changed the World
    William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Simon Winchester
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 329
    Width: 136 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 281 g
    ISBN 13: 9780061767906
    ISBN 10: 0061767905

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    BIC subject category V2: PDX
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/18CNTY
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ERLY18
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    BIC subject category V2: RBG
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000, SCI031000
    B&T Approval Code: A50120000
    DC21: 550.92
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    DC22: 550/.92
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    LC classification: QE22.S6 W55 2009
    Thema V1.0: RBG, PDX, NHD
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, maps, colour plates
    HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Imprint name
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Publication date
    01 May 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "Winchester masterfully weaves a compelling history."--Newsday