Ghost Map The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--And How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World

ISBN-10: 1594482691
ISBN-13: 9781594482694
Edition: 2008
Authors: Steven Johnson
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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/2/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

A National Bestseller, a New York TimesNotable Book, and an Entertainment WeeklyBest Book of the Year It's the summer of 1854, and London is just emerging as one of the first modern cities in the world. But lacking the infrastructure-garbage removal, clean water, sewers-necessary to support its rapidly expanding population, the city has become the perfect breeding ground for a terrifying disease no one knows how to cure. As the cholera outbreak takes hold, a physician and a local curate are spurred to action-and ultimately solve the most pressing medical riddle of their time. In a triumph of multidisciplinary thinking, Johnson illuminates the intertwined histories of the spread of disease, the rise of cities, and the nature of scientific inquiry, offering both a riveting history and a powerful explanation of how it has shaped the world we live in.

Steven Johnson is an American popular science writer and media theorist. He was born on June 6, 1968, and grew up in Washington, D.C. He completed his undergraduate degree at Brown University, where he studied semiotics, and later went on to receive his graduate degree in English Literature from Columbia University. Johnson writes mainly on "the intersection of science, technology and personal experience." His most recent work, How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World, was the subject of a six-part series on PBS, which he also hosted. His other works include: Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age; Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation; The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution and the Birth of America; and The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic-and How it Changed Science, Cities and the Modern World.

The Ghost Map Preface
Monday, August 28
The Night-Soil Men
Saturday, September 2
Eyes Sunk, Lips Dark Blue
Sunday, September 3
The Investigator
Monday, September 4
That Is To Say, Jo Has Not Yet Died
Tuesday. September 5
All Smell Is Disease
Wednesday, September 6
Building The Case
Friday, September 8
The Pump Handle
Conclusion
The Ghost Map
Epilogue
Broad Street Revisited
Author's Note
Acknowledgments
Appendix: Notes on Further Reading
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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