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THE MAP THAT CHANGED THE WORLD William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology

by | Read by Simon Winchester

Contemporary Culture • 9.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2001

Written by the author of the bestselling PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN, this is the involving story of William Smith, orphaned son of an English village blacksmith, who single-handedly established the foundation of modern geology. Smith was born in 1769, received only a rudimentary education, and for most of his life was rejected by the establishment of scientists and well-born amateur geologists. Yet he was the first recipient of the Wollaston Medal, the most prestigious award in geology. Englishman Simon Winchester is a trained geologist, who obviously brings expertise to both story and reading. Listening is akin to hearing an articulate scientist reading a paper to a lay audience. It's an authoritative delivery and an enjoyable experience. R.E.K. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 02]

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Retail pak • Harper Audio • 2001

CS ISBN 0694522716 $34.95 • Six cassettes

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