The Map That Changed the World

The Map That Changed the World

Synopsis

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 fossils found in one layer of the rocks he was excavating were very different from those found in another. And out of that realization came an epiphany: that by following these fossils one could trace layers of rocks as they dipped, rose and fell -- clear across England and clear across the world.

Obsessed with creating a map that would showcase his discovery, Smith spent the next twenty years traveling England alone, studying rock outcroppings and gathering information. In 1815 he published a hand-painted map more than eight feet tall and six feet wide. But four years later, swindled out of his profits, Smith ended up in debtors' prison. His wife went mad. He lived as a homeless man for ten long years.

Eventually a kindly aristocrat discovered him; Smith, the quiet genius and 'father of geology' was brought back to London and showered with the honors that he rightly deserved. Here now is his astounding story.

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Chapters

  • Chapter 001
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 002
    Duration: 15min
  • Chapter 003
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 004
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 005
    Duration: 06min
  • Chapter 006
    Duration: 05min
  • Chapter 007
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 008
    Duration: 15min
  • Chapter 009
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 010
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 011
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 012
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 013
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 014
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 015
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 016
    Duration: 21min
  • Chapter 017
    Duration: 15min
  • Chapter 018
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 019
    Duration: 16min
  • Chapter 020
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 021
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 022
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 023
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 024
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 025
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 026
    Duration: 14min
  • Chapter 027
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 028
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 029
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 030
    Duration: 18min
  • Chapter 031
    Duration: 14min
  • Chapter 032
    Duration: 16min
  • Chapter 033
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 034
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 035
    Duration: 19min
  • Chapter 036
    Duration: 14min
  • Chapter 037
    Duration: 18min
  • Chapter 038
    Duration: 13min
  • Chapter 039
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 040
    Duration: 13min
  • Chapter 041
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 042
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 043
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 044
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 045
    Duration: 17min
  • Chapter 046
    Duration: 18min
  • Chapter 047
    Duration: 04min
  • Chapter 048
    Duration: 34min
  • sample-568
    Duration: 01min

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