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The map that changed the world : William Smith and the birth of modern geology

Author: Simon Winchester; Soun Vannithone
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The fascinating story of William Smith, the orphaned son of an English country blacksmith, who became obsessed with creating the world's first geological map and ultimately became the father of modern geology. 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: William Smith; William Smith; William Smith
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Winchester; Soun Vannithone
ISBN: 0060193611 9780060193614
OCLC Number: 45799894
Description: xix, 329 p., [2] p. of plates : ill., maps (some col.) ; 22 cm.
Contents: Escape on the Northbound stage --
Land awakening from sleep --
Mystery of the Chedworth bun --
Duke and the Baronet's widow --
Light in the underworld --
Slicing of Somerset --
View from York Minster --
Notes from the swan --
Dictator in the drawing room --
Great map conceived --
Jurassic interlude --
Map that changed the world --
Ungentlemanly act --
Sale of the century --
Wrath of Leviathan --
Lost and found man --
All honor to the doctor.
Responsibility: Simon Winchester ; [illustrations by Soun Vannithone].
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The fascinating story of William Smith, the orphaned son of an English country blacksmith, who became obsessed with creating the world's first geological map and ultimately became the father of modern geology. 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.

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