The Map That Changed the World

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

By (author) Simon Winchester


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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.

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 122 x 194 x 26mm | 240g
  • 04 Jul 2002
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • illustrations, facsimiles, maps, glossary, bibliography, index
  • 0140280391
  • 9780140280395
  • 37,014

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Author Information

Simon Winchester is an award-winning journalist who now lives in New York. Having reported from all over the world during his 20-year career as a Guardian foreign correspondent, he has also written 13 books, including the highly acclaimed international bestseller The Surgeon of Crowthorne.

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"Winchester masterfully weaves a compelling history."--Newsday

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