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Map That Changed the World : William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology - 01 edition

by Simon Winchester and Soun Vannithone

Map That Changed the World : William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology (ISBN10: 0060931809; ISBN13: 9780060931803)
ISBN13: 978-0060931803
ISBN10: 0060931809

This edition has also been released as:
ISBN13: 978-0060193614
ISBN10: 0060193611

Summary: 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. Determined to expose what he realized was the landscape's secret fourth dimension ...show more, 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. Finally, in 1831, this quiet genius -- now known as the father of modern geology -- received the Geological Society of London's highest award and King William IV offered him a lifetime pension.

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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Edition/Copyright: 01
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Harpercollins College Division
Published: 08/28/2002
International: No

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2002 Trade paperback Very good. No dust jacket as issued. Lower front corner crease. Red remainder mark across bottom edges. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 352 p. Color maps at center, Bristh ...show moreIslands, Scotland, Wales. Audience: General/trade. Geology, Earth Sciences. Surveyor, and canal builder (land-drainer), Britain's William Smith (1769-1839) discovered that by tracing fossil placement found during his excavations, one could follow the layers of rocks as they rose and fell beneath the soil's surface. He then drew a chart, a map, of 'the landscape's secret fourth dimension' (back cover notes). It took 22 years of labor before he completed his hand-painted map. This critical discovery did not bring honor to Smith. A victim of plagiarism, he was forced into debtors' prison and homelessness. In 1831, his genius was recognized as the father of Geology, with the Geological Society of London's highest award, and a lifetime pension given by King William IV. A human tale of endurance. ...show less
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xix, 329 pp., [2] pp. of plates, illus., maps (some col.), biblio., index; 21 cm. Tight, clean copy. Remainder mark/tail edge. Another copy available. On William Smith, the father of modern geology. " ...show moreIn 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. Determined to expose what he realized was the landscape's secret fourth dimension, 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. Finally, in 1831, this quiet genius -- now known as the father of modern geology -- received the Geological Society of London's highest award and King William IV offered him a lifetime pension. 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. / Trained at Oxford as a geologist, Simon Winchester is the New York Times bestselling author of Krakatoa and The Professor and the Madman. He lives in New York City and in the Berkshires in Massachusetts." - Publisher. ...show less
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