The epic true story of the first ever international scientific expedition to discover the shape of the earth By knowing the shape of our earth we can create maps, survive the oceans, follow rivers, navigate the skies, and travel across the globe. This is the story of our world, of how we discovered what no one thought possible - the shape of the earth. A thrilling and page-turning account of the first major expedition by data gatherers and qualified observers to interior Peru, to discover the shape and magnitude of the earth. Until humanity discovered this it would be impossible to produce accurate maps and sea charts, without which thousands of lives would be lost, and exact locations of cities, roads and rivers would never be known. This fascinating and dramatic story weaves scientific rigour, egos, funding crises and betrayal with sea voyages, jungles and volcanoes.
Nicholas Crane was born in Hastings, but grew up on the rugged coast of Norfolk. He is an award-winning writer, journalist, geographer and explorer. He has presented BAFTA winning, BBC TV series Coast , Great British Journeys, Map Man and Town . His previous books include, Great British Journeys, Clear Waters Rising, Two Degrees West and Mercator- The Man Who Mapped the Planet . He writes for the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian and the Sunday Times . And, he has travelled extensively in Tibet, China, Afghanistan, Africa and he identified and visited for the first time the geographical Pole of Inaccessibility, the point on the globe most distant from the open sea, in the Gobi Desert. He now lives London with his wife and children.