The Map That Changed the World

The Map That Changed the World

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Author: Winchester, Simon
ISBN: 9780140280395
Publisher: Penguin (General UK)
Year First Published: 2002
Pages: 352
Dimensions: 198mm x 128mm x 23mm
Format: Paperback / softback

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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