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The Map That Changed the World

The Map That Changed the World

by Winchester


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ISBN-13: 9781606713716
Publisher: MJF Books
Publication date: 11/18/2016
Sales rank: 327,182
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.30(d)

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The Map that Changed the World: The Tale of William Smith and the Birth of a Science 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
RajivC on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I find this book to be quite a classic in many ways. The story of William Smith is inspiring, enduring and sad. This is the story of a man who, for all practical purposes, ruined his own life for the sake of geology, yet gave the world a new science. It is also the story of how powerful and influential people can play such a strong role in moulding science, the way it is viewed, and in the way that the truth is perceived.It is a sad story in that the man who gave us the science of geology is practically forgotten, and is great map is not generally on display.England surely should do more for the memory of William Smith.Simon Winchester does a really great job of telling the tale of William Smith, and the book is lively and well researched. I read it through, and these days I do have the time to read books through! If I give it three stars, it is only because I wish that it contained a little more information on the scientific methods that William Smith used, and a little more detail about how he created the map. This, to my mind, has been glossed over. Yet, it is a very good book indeed. It is a book that should be read by the scientific community of my own country. We could learn a little from the passion and dedication shown by William Smith, to create enduring legacies of our own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fine enough book if you want to read about the life of William Smith. Beyond that, it is a bit of an over-extended work on an obscure aspect of 19th century natural science. Everything you could possibly want to know could be encapsulated in 50 pages. The rest is merely diversion and filler. It seemed to be Winchester's personal crusade to illuminate the career and map of Smith. Winchester's prose, contrary to other opinions here, is actually quite pleasing and if anything, shines when compared to the pale limitations of standard American non-fiction writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. I enjoyed it for the simple lessons in geology, the view of the social structure of late 18th and early 19th century England, the story of William Smith and the personal recollections of the author. All good books have something in common; they may entertain, they may instruct, they may make the reader want to learn more or they may make us see things differently. 'The Map That Changed the World' was entertaining, instructful and made the reader want to learn more. It's a book that gave me the feeling I get when going through the catalog or the stacks of a university library--the joy of surprise.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Edmond Halley, the second Royal Astronomer, in the 1600's wrote that the earth was over a million years old, based on similar evedence. In geological text he is often refered to the 'the father of modern geology'. The 'Church' burned a man in the 15th century for stating that the earth was more like 40,000 years old. So to say that Smith was the first to question the Bible is incorrect.