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

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


By (author) Simon Winchester

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 194mm x 26mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 4 July 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140280391
  • ISBN 13: 9780140280395
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, facsimiles, maps, glossary, bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 41,900

Product description

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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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