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Bestselling author Johnson illuminates the intertwined histories of the spread of cholera in 19th-century London, the rise of cities, and the nature ...Show synopsisBestselling author Johnson illuminates the intertwined histories of the spread of cholera in 19th-century London, 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 of today.Hide synopsis
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The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson is a book that I was eager to buy, as it sounded like a fascinating view of the last great cholera outbreak in London. According to the subtitle, this book is an account of ?London?s Most Terrifying Epidemic ? and How it Changed Science, Cities and the Modern World.?
It takes a great writer to make a bacterium's point of view relevant. Steven Johnson does just that. His ability to bring logical outcomes to what seems chaos to the uninformed--me--in an entertaining way is the best I've read. He should be hired to re-write America's textbooks immediately!
This is a very interesting look at Victorian England and the work of Dr. Snow on the true nature of cholera epidemics. Mr. Johnson writes with clarity and candidness about both subjects. I only rate the book as good because I believe that the work would have been better without the philosophizing about ...
An engrossing account of London's 1854 cholera outbreak , and the dogged work of Dr. John Snow to discover it's cause as a bacterium rather than "miasma." Mr. Johnson writes vividly about Victorian times, then builds on his ideas about cities, science and human creativity to draw conclusions that are ...
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