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The Map That Changed the World

A Tale of Rocks, Ruin and Redemption

Simon Winchester

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Penguin
04 July 2002
William Smith was not rich or well connected, but his passion for rocks and fossils, and his twenty-year obsession with single-handedly mapping the geology of Britain made him one of the most significant men of the nineteenth century. However his vision cost him dear - his wife went mad, his work was stolen by jealous colleagues who eventually ruined him, and he was imprisoned for debt.

Simon Winchester tells the fascinating story of 'Strata' Smith, a man who crossed boundaries of class, wealth and science to produce a map that fundamentally changed the way we view the world.
By:   Simon Winchester
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   245g
ISBN:   9780140280395
ISBN 10:   0140280391
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   04 July 2002
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Simon Winchester is an award-winning journalist who now lives in New York. Having reported from all over the world during his 20-year career as a Guardian foreign correspondent, he has also written 13 books, including the highly acclaimed international bestseller The Surgeon of Crowthorne.

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

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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