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The Map That Changed the World: A Tale of Rocks, Ruin and Redemption by [Simon Winchester]
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As he did in The Professor and the Madman, Winchester chooses an obscure historical character who is inherently fascinating, but whose life and work have also had a strong impact on civilization. Here is William Smith, the orphan son of a village blacksmith, with lots of pluck and little luck until the end of his life when this pioneering first geological cartographer of the world beneath our feet was finally and fully recognized. Smith's life illustrates the interconnectedness of early 19th-century science, the industrial revolution, an intellectual climate that permits a look beyond religious dogma, and the class biases that endlessly impede his finances and fortunes. Published in 1815, Smith's huge and beautiful map of geological strata and the fossils imbedded in them blazed the way for Darwin and the creation-vs.-evolution debates that rage even day. Winchester is a fine stylist who also has a fine, clear reading voice. He fully engages listeners, not only with the excitement of Smith's life and work, but even with geological explications that would have been pretty dull in science class. Simultaneous release with HarperCollins hardcover (Forecasts, June 4).

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About the Author

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, The Men Who United the States, The Map That Changed the World, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa, all of which were New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006, Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen. He resides in western Massachusetts.



Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, The Men Who United the States, The Map That Changed the World, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa, all of which were New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006, Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen. He resides in western Massachusetts.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • Publication date : July 4, 2002
  • Print length : 352 pages
  • File size : 9362 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : Penguin; New Ed edition (July 4, 2002)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B002RI9WAM
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Not Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
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4.0 out of 5 stars Although I liked the idea and it was certainly very well written
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive reading on fossils and geology - you think I'm joking?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping account of the birth of geology
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