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Category:history, non-fiction, science, biography, geology, geography
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The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers, The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary, Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible, The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom, The Map That Changed the World, Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms & a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories, The River at the Center of the World: A Journey Up the Yangtze & Back in Chinese Time, A Crack in the Edge of the World
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, Unleashed by ancient geologic forces a magnitude earthquake rocked San Francisco in the early hours of April Less than a minute later the city lay in ruins Bestselling author Simon Winchester brings his inimitable storytelling abilities to this extraordinary event exploring the legendary earthquake and fires that spread horror across San Francisco and northern California in as well as its startling impact on American history and just as important what science has recently revealed about the fascinating subterranean processes that produced it and almost certainly will cause it to strike again br br, In illuminating detail Winchester bestselling author of em The Professor amp the Madman em Elegant amp scrupulous em NY Times Book Review em amp em Krakatoa em A mesmerizing page turner em Time em tells the story of Joseph Needham the Cambridge scientist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China long the world s most technologically advanced country br No cloistered don this tall married Englishman was a freethinking intellectual A nudist he was devoted to quirky folk dancing In while working as a biochemist at Cambridge he fell in love with a visiting Chinese student with whom he began a lifelong affair His mistress persuaded him to travel to her home country where he embarked on a series of expeditions to the frontiers of the ancient empire He searched for evidence to bolster a conviction that the Chinese were responsible for hundreds of humankind s most familiar innovations including printing the compass explosives suspension bridges even toilet paper often centuries before others His journeys took him across war torn China consolidating his admiration for the Chinese After the war he determined to announce what he d discovered amp began writing em Science amp Civilisation in China em describing the country s long history of invention amp technology By the time he died he d produced almost single handedly volumes making him the greatest one man encyclopedist ever br Epic amp intimate em The Man Who Loved China em tells the sweeping story of China thru Needham s life Here s a tale of what makes men nations amp humankind great related by one of the world s best storytellers br Prologue br The barbarian amp the celestial br Bringing fuel in snowy weather br The discovering of China br The rewards of restlessness br The making of his masterpiece br Persona non grata the certain fall from grace br The passage to the gate, With riveting insight and detail Simon Winchester crafts a fascinating glimpse into one man s tortured mind and his contribution to another man s magnificent dictionary br br It is known as one of the greatest literary achievements in the history of English letters The creation of the Oxford English Dictionary began in took seventy years to complete drew from tens of thousands of brilliant minds and organized the sprawling language into precise definitions But hidden within the rituals of its creation is a fascinating and mysterious story a story of two remarkable men whose strange twenty year relationship lies at the core of this historic undertaking br br Professor James Murray an astonishingly learned former schoolmaster and bank clerk was the distinguished editor of the OED project Dr William Chester Minor an American surgeon from New Haven Connecticut who had served in the Civil War was one of the thousands of contributors who submitted illustrative quotations of words to be used in the dictionary But Minor was no ordinary contributor He was remarkably prolific sending thousands of neat handwritten quotations from his home in the small village of Crowthorne fifty miles from Oxford On numerous occasions Murray invited Minor to visit Oxford and celebrate his work but Murray s offer was regularly and mysteriously refused br br Thus the two men for two decades maintained a close relationship only through correspondence Finally in after Minor had sent nearly ten thousand definitions to the dictionary but had still never traveled from his home a puzzled Murray set out to visit him It was then that Murray finally learned the truth about Minor that in addition to being a masterful wordsmith Minor was also a murderer clinically insane and locked up in Broadmoor England s harshest asylum for criminal lunatics br br i The Professor and the Madman i is an extraordinary tale of madness and genius and the incredible obsessions of two men at the heart of the Oxford English Dictionary and literary history With riveting insight and detail Simon Winchester crafts a fascinating glimpse into one man s tortured mind and his contribution to another man s magnificent dictionary