An absolutely fascinating book and one that is perfectly suited to audio version. I'm not particularly interested in geology but the story of William Smith, as told by Simon Winchester, is full of as much drama and intrique, humor and pathos as a novel! In addition, there are wonderful details about English society, and science, in the late 1700s.
The author also manages the rare task of doing an excellent job of reading his own book!
This is the unabridged cassette version, 6 tapes, 9.5 hours running time.
Audio book read by the author. Life and times of the unsung hero of geology, William Smith. As with all Simon Winchester books, extremely detailed research went into this story but the facts don't ever outweigh the fascination. You don't need to be a geologist to appreciate this incredible piece of forgotten history.
William Smith had a fabulous combination of background, interest, and opportunity. This is a fascinating story of how he developed the concepts of geology as science. The paperback version has good maps. The hardback has beautiful maps.
I read this because I liked _The Professor and the Madman_. Now I read anything by Simon Winchester.