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 troubled: 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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‘It serves to lift a genius from academic semi-obscurity and to award him the acknowledgement he undoubtedly deserves’ Amazon Reviewer
‘Never realised how seminal this map was’ Amazon Reviewer