The Map That Changed the World
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.
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Review: The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern GeologyUser Review - Polly - Goodreads
This is in theory an interesting story about William Smith, considered by many to be the founder of modern geology. He was a humbly born man who struggled against the status quo and the rigid societal ... Read full review
Review: The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern GeologyUser Review - Hiroshi Tomita - Goodreads
Update: unable to finish... Just about mid-way and a few notes. This guy's style is at the far end of British English writing. It's not so much his use of Brit colloquialisms but his punctuation that ... Read full review
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