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The Map That Changed the World : William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology - Simon Winchester

The Map That Changed the World

William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology

Paperback Published: 28th April 2009
ISBN: 9780061767906
Number Of Pages: 329

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In 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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"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 "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 Winchester masterfully weaves a compelling history. --Newsday" Smith s unsung life provides the perfect backdrop for yet another entertaining intellectual history. --Denver Post"

ISBN: 9780061767906
ISBN-10: 0061767905
Series: P.S.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 329
Published: 28th April 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.28

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