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

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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xix, 329 pp., [2] pp. of plates, illus., maps (some col.), biblio., index; 21 cm. Tight, clean copy. Browning. On William Smith, the father of modern geology. "In 1793, a canal digger named William Sm ...show moreith 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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The author of the bestselling The Professor and the Madman tells the story of the 19th-century engineer whose obsession with creating the world's first geological map led to his becoming the "father ...show moreof modern geology." Illus., b&w; 2 color maps. 329p. Pap. ...show less
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