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The Story of Strata-Smith

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Science  24 Aug 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5534, pp. 1439-1440
DOI: 10.1126/science.1064172

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The Map That Changed the World William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology. Simon Winchester. Viking, London, and HarperCollins, New York, 2001. 352 pp. £12.99. ISBN 0-67-088407-3. $26, C$39.50. ISBN 0-06-019361-1.

Winchester sketches the life and accomplishments of the engineer and surveyor who recognized that strata can be ordered according to their fossil contents and used principle to prepare the first geological map of England and Wales