Today I finished a book called ""The Map That Changed the World” by Simon Winchester. It is an excellent Story about William Smith and the birth of modern Geoglogy.
William Smith was not of noble birth or well educated but we was brilante when it came to observation and conclusions. He taught himself about rocks and fossiles befor it became popular. He figured out that older rock strata was on the bottom and each strata occurred in the same order through out England and perhaps around the world.
He single handlely conceived and published a hand-painted a geological map of England that was eight feet tall and six fee wide. It was he first of its kind.
Late in life he was recognized as the “Father of Geology” and was given great honors that he rightly deserved.
I highly recommend reading this book – Awesome!