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THE MAP THAT CHANGED THE WORLD (Paperback) (second hand copy in 'as new' condition)

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THE MAP THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

The tale of William Smith and the birth of a science

By Simon Winchester

Second hand copy in 'as new' condition (paperback)

The extraordinary tale of William Smith, an Oxfordshire blacksmith's son, who single handedly, without financial or professional support, created the first geological map.  It was a document that transformed the way the world was understood and laid the groundwork for great fortunes to be made in coal, oil, iron and tin and numerous other minerals.

The book not only tells a fascinating scientific story but also a moving human tale as Smith was imprisoned for debt, had his work plagiarised, and was ignored by the emerging scientific establishment.  But finally, in a twist of fate, Smith returned to London in triumph, to be hailed as a genius.

Published by Penguin Books in 2002.

Paperback. 338 pages. Excellent condition.   



Size: 20 x 13 centimetres
Weight: 258 grams

PRICE: £4.00