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Read online The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World From Steven Johnson the dynamic thinker routinely compared to James Gleick Dava Sobel and Malcolm Gladwell The Ghost Map is a riveting page turner about a real life historical hero Dr John Snow It s the summer of 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 and interconnectedness of the spread of disease contagion theory 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 by Steven Johnson

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The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
Title:The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
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Number of Pages:299
Category:History, Science, Non fiction, Medicine, Medical, Historical
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Forget everything you ve ever read about the age of dumbed down instant gratification culture In this provocative unfailingly intelligent thoroughly researched and surprisingly convincing big idea book Steven Johnson draws from fields as diverse as neuroscience economics and media theory to argue that the pop culture we soak in every day from b Lord of the Rings b to b Grand Theft Auto b to b The Simpsons b has been growing more sophisticated with each passing year and far from rotting our brains is actually posing new cognitive challenges that are actually making our minds measurably sharper After reading i Everything Bad is Good for You i you will never regard the glow of the video game or television screen the same way again br br With a new afterword by the author br br Steven Johnson s newest book i How We Got to Now i is now available from Riverhead Books, No description available, em The Invention of Air em is a story of sweeping historical transformation of genius and friendship violence and world changing ideas that boldly recasts our understanding of the most significant events in our history br br It centers on the story of Joseph Priestley scientist and minister prot g of Benjamin Franklin friend of Thomas Jefferson an eighteenth century radical thinker who played key roles in the invention of ecosystem science the discovery of oxygen the founding of the Unitarian church and the intellectual development of the United States Priestley represented a unique synthesis by the s he had established himself as one of the world s most celebrated scientists most prominent religious figures and most outspoken political thinkers Yet he would also have become one of the most hated men in all of his native England When an angry mob burned down his house in Birmingham Priestley and his family set sail for Pennsylvania br br In the nascent United States Priestley hoped to find the freedom to bridge the disciplines that had governed his life to find a quiet lab and a receptive pulpit Once he arrived as a result of his close relationships with the Founding Fathers Jefferson credited Priestley as the man who prevented him from abandoning Christianity Priestley found himself at the center of what would go down as one of the seminal debates in American history And as Johnson brilliant charts Priestley exerted profound if little known influence on the shape and course of this great experiment in nation building br br As in his most recent bestselling work em The Ghost Map em Steven Johnson here uses a dramatic historical story to explore themes that have long engaged him innovation and the way new ideas emerge and spread and the environments that foster these breakthroughs As he did in em Everything Bad is Good for You em he upsets some fundamental assumptions about the world we live in namely what it means when we invoke the Founding Fathers and replaces them with a clear eyed eloquent assessment of where we stand today, b A house of wonders itself i Wonderland i inspires grins and well what d ya knows i The New York Times Book Review i b br br From the i New York Times i bestselling author of i How We Got to Now i and i Where Good Ideas Come From i a look at the world changing innovations we made while keeping ourselves entertained br br This lushly illustrated history of popular entertainment takes a long zoom approach contending that the pursuit of novelty and wonder is a powerful driver of world shaping technological change Steven Johnson argues that throughout history the cutting edge of innovation lies wherever people are working the hardest to keep themselves and others amused br br Johnson s storytelling is just as delightful as the inventions he describes full of surprising stops along the journey from simple concepts to complex modern systems He introduces us to the colorful innovators of leisure the explorers proprietors showmen and artists who changed the trajectory of history with their luxurious wares exotic meals taverns gambling tables and magic shows br br In i Wonderland i Johnson compellingly argues that observers of technological and social trends should be looking for clues in novel amusements You ll find the future wherever people are having the most fun