The Map That Changed the World A Tale of Rocks, Ruin and Redemption

Simon Winchester

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Penguin Books LTD Digital
Pages
352
Parution
juillet 2002
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Ebook EPUB
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DRM
Langue
Anglais
EAN
9780141941646
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The extraordinary tale of the father of modern geology. Hidden behind velvet curtains above a stairway in a house in London's Piccadilly is an enormous and beautiful hand-coloured map - the first geological map of anywhere in the world. Its maker was a farmer's son named William Smith. Born in 1769 his life was beset by troubles: he was imprisoned for debt, turned out of his home, his work was plagiarised, his wife went insane and the scientific establishment shunned him. It was not until 1829, when a Yorkshire aristocrat recognised his genius, that he was returned to London in triumph: The Map That Changed the World is his story.
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