Saturday, July 14, 2012

Map Quiz


This is a rather famous map; indeed, it was even the subject of a recent book. What is it, who made it, and where was this picture taken?

6 comments:

Psiloiordinary said...

No google honest - hence only partial answer.

It looks like the first geological map - I did a geology course a year or so back.

He worked as a navigation engineer building the Railways, or was it the canals?

That's all I have.

Laurence A. Moran said...

It's The Map that Changed the Word prepared by William Smith and published in 1815.

The book, by Simon Winchester, is wonderful, one of the best popular science books of all time.

I don't know where you took the photo. Probably London—the UK version not the Ontario version.

George Pawlus said...

The Geological Society of London
http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/smith_map

Schenck said...

The Map that changed the World, nice! Here's my pic of it on a recent Trip to London, this was in the NHM:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=253871171373223&l=1499956bd1

Jeffrey Shallit said...

Believe it or not, we found in the Tate Gallery in London. Not the place you'd expect to see it!

Monado said...

"Strata" Smith's geological 'layers of England' map.