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doc ´ The Map That Changed the World William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology Paperback ✓ simon winchester ✓ ❰Read❯ ➪ The Map That Changed the World William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology Author Simon Winchester – T Changed the World PDF or virtually homeless for ten years The Map That Changed the World is a very human tale of endurance and achievement of one Map That Changed ePUB #10003 man’s dedication in the face of ruin With a keen eye and thoughtful detail Simon Winchester unfolds the poignant sacrifice behind this world changing discover Winchester's biography of William Smith one of the 'fathers' of English geology should sing with the joy of intellectual discovery but doesn't uite get there for meFrom the start Winchester flags the collapse of Smith's fortunes and the misappropriation of his findings by wealthier better connected men than he He builds anticipation of misfortune throughout until the bailiffs actually arrive and Smith is imprisoned for debt When it actually happens it is almost a relief as the long way down has been an exhausting journey For me this overweighs excitement at the significance of Smith's realisations that the laying down of fossils in different strata of England's landscape marked the beginning of a modern scientific view of the earth's history as one marked by long periods of changing climate flora and fauna; that species appeared and disappeared; and that the record of all these great changes lay in rocks and could be readThis challenged creation myths of all faiths and must have influenced Charles Darwin's thinking as he worked towards his theory of evolution Winchester may have written about this but I confess to skipping through sections on Smith's struggles and may have missed it

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Ever to draw a chart of the hidden underside of The Map Kindle the earth Smith spent twenty two years piecing together the fragments of this unseen universe to create an epochal and remarkably beautiful hand painted map But instead of receiving accolades and honors he ended up in debtors’ prison the victim of plagiarism and Map Tha This is a very interesting story poorly told The preface and the first chapter both tell the whole story in a nutshell and the rest of the book goes on to fill out the details in an awkward often overblown manner The story is however uite compelling about the dramatic life of William Smith the first person to understand survey and then map the stratification of rocks in England thereby establishing modern geology His is a cautionary tale for would be entrepreneurs that are not from the moneyed classes yes we still have them just they did in early 19th C England His reactions to continual snubbing by the upper classes and theft of his IP reminded me of than one would be startup CEO overspending and overreaching in an attempt to play with the big boys of finance If you can deal with Winchester's arch prose it is worth the read Ideally someone would write one of those longish pieces in the New Yorker about the story that is really all the material there really is and a better written narrative would do the subject considerable benefitNB I read a reviewers' draft that might have been somewhat rougher than final copies I can only hope so

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The Map That Changed the World William Smith and the Birth of Modern GeologyIn That Changed eBook #8608 a canal digger named William Smith made a startling discovery He found that by tracing the placement of fossils which he uncovered in his excavations one could follow layers of rocks as they dipped and rose and fell clear across England and indeed clear across the world making it possible for the first time This book turned out to be something that I wasn't much interested in after all But it was interesting none the less It was well researched and well written and deserved a better rating maybe by someone interested in geologyIt was about Englishman William Smith who was a common man with no wealth or title He dedicated his life to mapping the underground of England during the Age of Enlightenment His findings became very beneficial to the economy of England but he gained little fame or fortune because of his class status He ended up in debtors prison and only afterwards did he get the recognition he deserved Then came the collision of religious beliefs and scientific reasoning with the discovery of fossils