The Map That Changed the World : A Tale of Rocks, Ruin and Redemption
by Simon Winchester
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Following the huge success of the hardcover, this extraordinary account of the father of modern geology seems to be the non-fiction paperback for the year 2002Hidden behind velvet curtains above a staircase in a London home, Piccadilly is a huge and beautiful colored hand of the map – the first geological map of anywhere in the worldIts creator was a farmer named William SmithBorn in 1769, his life was marked by problems: he was imprisoned for debts, turned out of his house, his work was plagiarized, his wife alienated him and the scientific establishment sulked himIt was not until 1829, when an aristocratic Yorkshire recognized his genius, that he had returned to London, triumphant: The Card Who Changed the World of His History
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