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

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Publisher's Synopsis


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 troubled: 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.

'For a geologist, this is a must read' Amazon Reviewer

'It serves to lift a genius from academic semi-obscurity and to award him the acknowledgement he undoubtedly deserves' Amazon Reviewer

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Book information

ISBN: 9780140280395
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 551.092
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 338
Weight: 248g
Height: 197mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 24mm