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The Map That Changed the World by Simon Winchester (2002)

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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. 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 honours, he ended up in debtors' prison, the victim of plagiarism, and virtually homeless for ten years more.

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.

Simon Winchester's many books include The Professor and the Madman, The Map That Changed the World, Krakatoa, and A Crack in the Edge of the World. Each of these has been a New York Times bestseller and has appeared on numerous best and notable lists. Mr. Winchester was made Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by HM The Queen in 2006. He lives in western Massachusetts.

'Winchester brings Smith's struggle to life in clear and beautiful language.' - New York Times

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

'Winchester has once again captured the essence of persistence against odds resulting in achievement.' - Library Journal

Product Overview
Product NoCMS0017319
Weight (g)287 g
AuthorSimon Winchester
PublisherPenguin
EditionN/A
Edition DateMay-02
Pages352
Size129 x 200 x 29mm
FormatPaperback
ISBN9780140280395
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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. 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 honours, he ended up in debtors' prison, the victim of plagiarism, and virtually homeless for ten years more.

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.

Simon Winchester's many books include The Professor and the Madman, The Map That Changed the World, Krakatoa, and A Crack in the Edge of the World. Each of these has been a New York Times bestseller and has appeared on numerous best and notable lists. Mr. Winchester was made Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by HM The Queen in 2006. He lives in western Massachusetts.

'Winchester brings Smith's struggle to life in clear and beautiful language.' - New York Times

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

'Winchester has once again captured the essence of persistence against odds resulting in achievement.' - Library Journal

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