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The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged)
The Map That Changed the World William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology - Audio Cassette - Unabridged
Author: Simon Winchester
From the author of the bestselling The Professor and the Madman comes the fascinating story of the father of modern geology — In 1793, William Smith, the orphan son of a village blacksmith, made a startling discovery that was to turn the science of geology on its head. While surveying the route for a canal near Bath, he noticed that the fo...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780694522712
ISBN-10: 0694522716
Publication Date: 8/1/2001
Edition: Unabridged
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Publisher: HarperAudio
Book Type: Audio Cassette
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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.
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This book is a must-read for anyone with an interest in biology or geology, because it lays out the historical foundation upon which later scientific discoveries (such as Darwin's theory of evolution) are based. The story is interesting on its own merits, so it will also appeal to those without a science background, and you don't need to be a science geek to appreciate the story. This is a revealing look at the theological battle between the creationist dogma and scientific theories of the early 19th century, as well as the British social and class structures of the time.


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