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The Map That Changed the World: The Tale of William Smith and the Birth of a Science
by Simon Winchester | Nonfiction
Registered by wingrahar109wing of Ash Vale, Surrey United Kingdom on 10/5/2005
Average 6 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by tashclayton): to be read


3 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingrahar109wing from Ash Vale, Surrey United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 05, 2005

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from amazon:
In the summer of 1815 an extraordinary hand-painted map was published in London. Some eight feet tall and six feet wide, brightly coloured, it presented England and Wales in a beguiling and unfamiliar fashion. It was the product of one man's obsession with rocks, a passion that sustained him whilst the rest of his life slid into ruin. For nearly 20 years, an Oxfordshire blacksmith's son named William Smith journeyed across Britain investigating and naming the layers of rock beneath his feet.It was not until 1829 that Smith returned to London to be hailed as a genius. 


Journal Entry 2 by wingrahar109wing from Ash Vale, Surrey United Kingdom on Thursday, September 18, 2008

6 out of 10

Reasonably interesting account of the Father of English Geology and how he came to make his map. The book will probably be of more interest to those whose knowledge and interest in geology is greater than mine. 


Journal Entry 3 by wingrahar109wing at Camel & Artichoke in Waterloo, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, February 09, 2009

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Released 8 yrs ago (2/10/2009 UTC) at Camel & Artichoke in Waterloo, Greater London United Kingdom

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Being taken to the meet-up tomorrow night.

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Journal Entry 4 by smallbluepebble at Ilford, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, May 12, 2012

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As always, I was determined not to bring any books home from the Bookcrossing get-together at the Camel & Artichoke... but this one absolutely insisted on coming home with me :-) 


Journal Entry 5 by smallbluepebble at Chancery Lane in City of London, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, October 21, 2017

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Released 4 wks ago (10/21/2017 UTC) at Chancery Lane in City of London, Greater London United Kingdom

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I tried to read this book a couple of times, but couldn't get into it. Today it's off to the Knights Templar to find a more appreciative audience! 


Journal Entry 6 by tashclayton at Camden, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, October 21, 2017

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Had the most lovely bookcrossing meetup lunch and come home with more than I took......

This one has clearly had a history both in bookcrossing and in a library - i love to imagine who may have read a book before. I'm also pretty fascinated by maps!

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Really enjoyed this tale of William Smith who followed a passion through the whole of his life. it's hard to believe how much of a trail blazer he was when the establishment still believed that the world was created less than 6,000 years ago.

i'm going to hold on to pass onto a friend in case he hasn't read it.  


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