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The Map That Changed the World: A Tale of Rocks, Ruin and Redemption Paperback – 4 Jul 2002

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (4 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140280391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140280395
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A compelling human story" -- Boston Sunday Herald "Well-researched narrative" -- BusinessWeek "Winchester has once again captured the essence of persistence against odds resulting in achievement."--Library Journal (starred review) "Smith's life provides a terrific plot to frame his contribution to science. Winchester's wonderful account does credit to it."--Publishers Weekly (*Starred Review*) "Winchester brings Smith's struggle to life in clear and beautiful language."--New York Times Book Review "A compelling human story"--Boston Sunday Herald Smith s unsung life provides the perfect backdrop for yet another entertaining intellectual history. --Denver Post Winchester masterfully weaves a compelling history. --Newsday "Well-researched narrative"--BusinessWeek "Smith's unsung life provides the perfect backdrop for yet another entertaining intellectual history."--Denver Post "Winchester masterfully weaves a compelling history."--Newsday

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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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