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

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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. This title tells his story.
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ISBN-13: 9780140280395
ISBN-10: 0140280391
Pagini: 352
Ilustrații: illustrations, facsimiles, maps, glossary, bibliography, index
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 21 mm
Greutate: 0.25 kg
Editura: Penguin Books
Colecția Penguin
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom

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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.


"Winchester brings Smith's struggle to life in clear and beautiful language."
"Winchester has once again captured the essence of persistence against odds resulting in achievement."
"Smith's life provides a terrific plot to frame his contribution to science. Winchester's wonderful account does credit to it."
“Winchester masterfully weaves a compelling history.”
“Smith’s unsung life provides the perfect backdrop for yet another entertaining intellectual history.”
"A compelling human story"
"Well-researched narrative"