The Map That Changed the World

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

Language & Reference, Popular Science, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 04/07/2002
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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 troubled: 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.

'For a geologist, this is a must read' Amazon Reviewer

'It serves to lift a genius from academic semi-obscurity and to award him the acknowledgement he undoubtedly deserves' Amazon Reviewer

'Never realised how seminal this map was' Amazon Reviewer

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780140280395
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 245g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm

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This is a brilliantly readable account of the life of William Smith and how his efforts helped in the establishment of one of the most all encompassing sci... READ MORE