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Autor/Author: Simon Winchester
Tytuł/Title: Map That Changed the World: The Tale of William Smith and the Birth of a Science, A
Data wydania/Publish date: 2002-07-04
Wydawnictwo/Publisher: Penguin Books, Limited (UK)
Liczba stron/Number of pages: 352
Following the hugely successful hardback, this extraordinary tale of the father of modern geology looks set to be the non fiction paperback for 2002. 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.