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The Map that Changed the World: William Smith & the Birth of Modern Geology
Title:The Map that Changed the World: William Smith & the Birth of Modern Geology
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Number of Pages:329
Category:history, non-fiction, science, biography, geology, geography
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The bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman and The Map That Changed the World examines the enduring and world changing effects of the catastrophic eruption off the coast of Java of the earth s most dangerous volcano Krakatoa br br The legendary annihilation in of the volcano island of Krakatoa the name has since become a byword for a cataclysmic disaster was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly forty thousand people Beyond the purely physical horrors of an event that has only very recently been properly understood the eruption changed the world in more ways than could possibly be imagined Dust swirled round the planet for years causing temperatures to plummet and sunsets to turn vivid with lurid and unsettling displays of light The effects of the immense waves were felt as far away as France Barometers in Bogot and Washington D C went haywire Bodies were washed up in Zanzibar The sound of the island s destruction was heard in Australia and India and on islands thousands of miles away Most significant of all in view of today s new political climate the eruption helped to trigger in Java a wave of murderous anti Western militancy among fundamentalist Muslims one of the first outbreaks of Islamic inspired killings anywhere br br Simon Winchester s long experience in the world wandering as well as his knowledge of history and geology give us an entirely new perspective on this fascinating and iconic event as he brings it telling back to life, Following his acclaimed em Atlantic em and em The Men Who United the States New York Times em bestselling author Simon Winchester offers an enthralling biography of the Pacific Ocean and its role in the modern world exploring our relationship with this imposing force of nature br br As the Mediterranean shaped the classical world and the Atlantic connected Europe to the New World the Pacific Ocean defines our tomorrow With China on the rise so too are the American cities of the West coast including Seattle San Francisco and the long cluster of towns down the Silicon Valley br br Today the Pacific is ascendant Its geological history has long transformed us tremendous earthquakes volcanoes and tsunamis but its human history from a Western perspective is quite young beginning with Magellan s sixteenth century circumnavigation It is a natural wonder whose most fascinating history is currently being made br br In telling the story of the Pacific Simon Winchester takes us from the Bering Strait to Cape Horn the Yangtze River to the Panama Canal and to the many small islands and archipelagos that lie in between He observes the fall of a dictator in Manila visits aboriginals in northern Queensland and is jailed in Tierra del Fuego the land at the end of the world His journey encompasses a trip down the Alaska Highway a stop at the isolated Pitcairn Islands a trek across South Korea and a glimpse of its mysterious northern neighbor br br Winchester s personal experience is vast and his storytelling second to none And his historical understanding of the region is formidable making em Pacific em a paean to this magnificent sea of beauty myth and imagination that is transforming our lives, Rising in the mountains of the Tibetan border the Yangtze River the symbolic heart of China pierces miles of rugged country before debouching into the oily swells of the East China Sea Connecting China s heartland cities with the volatile coastal giant Shanghai it has also historically connected China to the outside world through its nearly one thousand miles of navigable waters To travel those waters is to travel back in history to sense the soul of China and Simon Winchester takes us along with him as he encounters the essence of China its history and politics its geography and climate as well as engage in its culture and its people in remote and almost inaccessible places This is travel writing at its best lively informative and thoroughly enchanting br, In a canal digger named William Smith made a startling discovery He found that by tracing the placement of fossils which he uncovered in his excavations one could follow layers of rocks as they dipped and rose and fell clear across England and indeed clear across the world making it possible for the first time ever to draw a chart of the hidden underside of the earth Determined to expose what he realized was the landscape s secret fourth dimension Smith spent twenty two years piecing together the fragments of this unseen universe to create an epochal and remarkably beautiful hand painted map But instead of receiving accolades and honors he ended up in debtors prison the victim of plagiarism and virtually homeless for ten years more Finally in this quiet genius now known as the father of modern geology received the Geological Society of London s highest award and King William IV offered him a lifetime pension br br i The Map That Changed the World i is a very human tale of endurance and achievement of one man s dedication in the face of ruin With a keen eye and thoughtful detail Simon Winchester unfolds the poignant sacrifice behind this world changing discovery