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

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 122 x 194 x 26mm | 240g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • illustrations, facsimiles, maps, glossary, bibliography, index
  • 0140280391
  • 9780140280395
  • 50,057

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"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."--Newsdayshow more

About Simon Winchester

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.show more

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