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

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  • Title: The Map That Changed the World : A Tale of Rocks, Ruin and Redemption
  • Author: Simon Winchester
  • Category: Biography
  • Date: 07/04/02
  • Lenguage: English
  • Pages: 352
  • ISBN: 140280391

 

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Following the massively profitable hardback, this extraordinary story of the father of trendy geology appears set to be the non fiction paperback for 2002. Hidden behind velvet curtains above a stairway in a home in London’s Piccadilly is a gigantic and lovely hand-coloured map – the first geological map of anyplace 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 house, his work was plagiarised, his spouse went insane and the scientific institution shunned him. It was not till 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. present more

 

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