This article reads like a review rather than an encyclopedic description of the subject please help improve this article to make it neutral in tone and meet wikipedias quality standards. From the author of the bestselling the professor and the madman comes the fascinating story of william smith the orphaned son of an english country blacksmith who became obsessed with creating the worlds first geological map and ultimately became the father of modern geology. There are in other words no perfect maps just maps that more or less perfectly capture our understanding of the world at discrete moments in time. From the ussrs be on guard map in 1921 to google earth here are the ten maps that changed the world. There are many different types of map each showing us something different some simply show the world how it appears while others highlight the world how it is below the surface
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