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

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

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


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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Sku
GOR000453786
Title
The Map That Changed the World: A Tale of Rocks, Ruin and Redemption
Author
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Paperback
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Year published
Number of pages
352
ISBN 10
0140280391
ISBN 13
9780140280395
Prizes
N/A
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