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

Category: Book
By (author): Winchester, Simon
Series: P.s.
Subject:  HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
  HISTORY / General
  SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geology
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published: April 2009
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 8.00in x 5.38in x 0.88in
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From The Publisher*

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.

Review Quote*"A compelling human story" (Boston Sunday Herald)
Biographical Note

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa. Those books were New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006, Mr. Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by her Majesty the Queen. He lives in Manhattan and in western Massachusetts.