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

Simon Winchester

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

Published: 04-07-2002

£10.99

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. This title tells his story.

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Description

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.

Additional information

Weight 0.245 kg
Dimensions 21 × 129 × 198 mm
Page Count 352