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The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology

 
 
 
 
The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology
Author: Simon Winchester
ISBN 13: 9780061767906
ISBN 10: 61767905
Edition: 1 Reprint
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 2009-04-28
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
List Price: $14.99
 
 

The Map That Changed the World is, at its foundation, a very human tale of endurance and achievement, of one man's dedication in the face of ruin and homelessness. The world's coal and oil industry, its gold mining, its highway systems, and its railroad routes were all derived entirely from the creation of Smith's first map.; and with a keen eye and thoughtful detail, Simon Winchester unfolds the poignant sacrifice behind this world-changing discovery.

Denver Post

Smith's unsung life provides the perfect backdrop for yet another entertaining intellectual history.