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    free download The Ghost Map Steven Johnson ¸ 6 summary characters ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ¸ Steven Johnson WARNING Do not read this review if you are sueamish Or eatingThis book is about cholera and as a result the author uses an impressive number of words for shit including excrement ordure human waste and the Victorian euphemism night soil And shit of course Johnson explains that a key uestion in the development of civilization has always been What are we going to do with all this shit? This book dramatically improved my vo

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    free download The Ghost Map Steven Johnson ¸ 6 summary characters ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ¸ Steven Johnson By turns thought provoking and irritating The Ghost Map meanders from its central story how an unorthodox physi

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    free download The Ghost Map Steven Johnson ¸ 6 summary [KINDLE] The Ghost Map BY Steven Johnson I read The Ghost Map The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic and How It Changed Science Cities and the Modern World because I wanted to learn about a story I thought I knew The story I learned goes like this during a terrible cholera out

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    characters ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ¸ Steven Johnson [KINDLE] The Ghost Map BY Steven Johnson Steven Johnson ¸ 6 summary Cholera is a nasty little bug Once ingested it forms colonies on the intestinal wall begins to reproduce with ferocious speed and proceeds to tr

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    [KINDLE] The Ghost Map BY Steven Johnson 35 Had seen the PBS special on Snow and his discovery during the cholera epidemic a few months back and this added detail to that show Interesting theories abounded the miasma theory which was a theory almost all favored How they d

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    characters ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ¸ Steven Johnson Steven Johnson ¸ 6 summary [KINDLE] The Ghost Map BY Steven Johnson This is an account of the 1854 cholera epidemic in London and of the work of John Snow who through his scientific investigations managed to establish that cholera was waterborne and that the source of this outbreak was the

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    [KINDLE] The Ghost Map BY Steven Johnson characters ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ¸ Steven Johnson who knew i'd find a nonfiction account of the epidemiological history of cholera interesting than most YA fantasy??this book was disgusting it was also SO FUN well the first hundred or so pages were the funnest ever five star level for real then the next one hundred were likeeh and the last fifty were uhhh i think i'm just going to skip this i'm here for plagues and infectious disease not self indulgent waxing romantic on the future of the

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    [KINDLE] The Ghost Map BY Steven Johnson I enjoyed most of the book but I hated the concluding chapter I would have preferred it if he had stuck to his subject rather than stringing together a series of personal opinions The discussion of the relative risks of a nuclear holocaust versus bio terrorism via a genetically engineered virus seemed forced Does it really matter? The autho

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    [KINDLE] The Ghost Map BY Steven Johnson This book tells the true story of the London cholera epidemic in the 1850s and how Dr John Snow and Reverend Henry Whitehead eventually teamed up to solve the mystery of how the disease is transmitted At the time it was believed to be spread via “miasma” bad air and putrid smells Snow believed in the water born theory where vi

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    Steven Johnson ¸ 6 summary characters ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ¸ Steven Johnson free download The Ghost Map Except for the feeling of nausea that accompanies the reading at times this is a very interesting book about the cholera epidemic in 1854 before the existence of bacteriologyparasitology It is also the epic tale of John Snow

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free read The Ghost Map í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free download The Ghost Map 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 1854 and London is just emerging as one of the first modern cities in the world But lacking the infrastructure ga. I read The Ghost Map The Story of London s Most Terrifying Epidemic and How It Changed Science Cities and the Modern World because I wanted to learn about a story I thought I knew The story I learned goes like this during a terrible cholera outbreak in Victorian London Dr John Snow made a revolutionary map of the mortality was like Holy crap The deaths all radiate out from this one pump and removed the pump handle thus halting the epidemic dead in its tracks Turns out there are about seven books worth of topics in here wrestling each other for space with brawny arms Were all of them woven seamlessly together into one multifaceted but logically coherent narrative Well no actually and I found myself in a constant whiplash between fascination and frustration throughout the book Which left me with a lot to get off my chest so if you want to move right along to the next review before the unloading begins I totally understandThe Contenders1 What actually happened with Dr Snow the progress of the epidemic the map and the pump handle Fascinating Enthrallingly this turns out to be uite different than that story that was floating around my biology class The way the structure follows the daily disease progress the actions of Snow and the previously underemphasized role played by local clergyman Rev Henry Whitehead all this was just great If the whole book had been like this plus a few maps see 5 below I would have closed it a happy nerd indeed2The history of a classic scientific paradigm shift from the miasma bad air theory of cholera transmission to the waterborne theory championed by Snow EXTRA Fascinating Analysis of social forces working in science Why yes please This cholera epidemic struck before widespread acceptance of germ theory so most people thought that it and other diseases was caused by smelly miasma interacting with poor people s conveniently innate weakness and inferiority and stuff Several years before the Broad Street epidemic John Snow developed an alternate water borne theory of cholera transmission and evidence provided by this epidemic started tipping the scales in its favor Johnson covers the Kuhnian paradigm shift from miasma to water the circumstances that gave miasma such legs how in the grip of the miasma paradigm some folks designed a massive study of this epidemic that could only uncover evidence to support that paradigm and missed what was actually going on by like ten miles and you know we re totally doing this today but about what who changed their minds most people eventually who didn t some diehard folks who didn t have even a nodding acuaintance with falsifiability and why See a classic Did you know that Florence Nightingale was a committed miasmatist I didn t I wouldn t have minded a small acknowledgement that some diseases are truly airborne so the miasma crowd was not as off the deep end as herein presented but that s a teeny uibble 3 Report on waste disposal in Victorian London with particular attention given to poop Fascinating Nuff said4 Our modern understanding of the life history and evolution of the cholera bacterium Frustrating but maybe only to me Hostpathogen evolution and interactions are like candy to me because I m weird like that so I was uite looking forward to this bit Well the book and I got off on the wrong foot when he started with all that anthropomorphic language to describe the evolution of the cholera pathogen the bacteria were waiting patiently had strategies and desires He did say twice that of course they re not really hanging out and sentiently plotting our doom for which yay Michael Pollan in Botany of Desire please take note but then he kept right on using the misleading language Dude You re a nonfiction writer Taking complicated concepts and making them understandable is your job Why would you tell us evolution is crucial to the story tell us you re explaining it wrong then never actually explain natural selection exactly right I didn t get that at all5 Snow s maps as visual displays of uantitative information EXTRA Frustrating The guy put Ghost Map before the colon for Lord s sake and dragged Tufte in the least he could do is show us all the maps he discusses The only Snow map in my book was not even his revolutionary Voronoi diagram Plus I was dying to compare Snow s maps with the less useful Department of Sewers disease map that preceded them Yes you can find all the maps in the John Snow online archive but of the seven pages of maps in here why are they mostly copies of the same map seemingly included for decorative purposes Why Why 6 Treatise on historical urbanization and the emergent properties of city as organism Fascinating for about half a page uickly mutating into frustrating thereafter Johnson has a clear parallel interest in these topics Good on him epidemiology and urbanization are intertwined in interesting ways However I feel like he could have dealt with it with a few swift paragraphs demonstrating the importance of urban conditions for disease emergence and why the scale of John Snow s investigations mattered and moved on already 7 Rampant speculation about impact of the Broad Street epidemic on future urbanization patterns FRUSTRATING Now here s where Johnson takes that parallel interest deep into crazy train territory The book closes with a 25 page epilogue of not too convincingly supported hand waving about suitcase bombs bioterrorism avian flu and urbanization that even now has my eyebrows in a pucker over what the heck so much of it was doing in there If he really wanted to put an original stamp on the book which after 25 pages of this jive I m pretty convinced he did perhaps axing 99% of the epilogue and generating some new maps would have been a far relevant way to go How awesome would it be to see maps showing deaths over time maps with different variables maps of Snow s data made using modern epidemiological techniues maps of other London cholera epidemics etc Very awesome indeed In conclusion maps make everything better Thank you

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free read The Ghost Map í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free download The Ghost Map Of their time In a triumph of multidisciplinary thinking Johnson illuminates the intertwined histories and inter connectedness of the spread of disease contagion theory the rise of cities and the nature of scientific inuiry offering both a riveting history and a powerful explanation of how it has shaped the world we live in. This book tells the true story of the London cholera epidemic in the 1850s and how Dr John Snow and Reverend Henry Whitehead eventually teamed up to solve the mystery of how the disease is transmitted At the time it was believed to be spread via miasma bad air and putrid smells Snow believed in the water born theory where vibrio cholerae bacteria is transmitted by drinking contaminated water Dr Snow mapped the progress of the disease tracing cases and deaths to find the source of the outbreak His methods were scientific but at the time superstitions and prevailing theories were ingrained and it was difficult to overcome the rigid thinking In fact one of the most enlightening aspects is observing how unproven speculations garner so much traction that evidence to the contrary is dismissed I particularly liked Steven Johnson s vivid portrayal of London The smell of cesspools and overflows of human waste into cellars must have been atrocious and it is easy to see how the miasma theory originated The scavenging hierarchy is fascinating A lengthy epilogue covers the future of urbanization and threats to it The author advocates bringing advancements in infrastructure to developing countries to improve sanitation and provide clean drinking water He also covers global pandemics a particularly relevant topic obviously genomic advancements as applied to microbiology and bioterrorism This audio book sounds like a documentary and will appeal to people that want a deep dive into a single science related topic It is read by Alan Sklar He narrates smoothly and his voice has a deep timbre which works well for this subject matter

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free read The Ghost Map í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free download The Ghost Map Rbage 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. This is an account of the 1854 cholera epidemic in London and of the work of John Snow who through his scientific investigations managed to establish that cholera was waterborne and that the source of this outbreak was the Broad Street pump This was going against the scientific opinion of the time a miasmic theory which argued that air small and conditions were responsible The book covers a variety of areas history biography detective work epidemiology and scientific investigation Johnson uses a Victorian novelist s trick and takes a chapter to introduce each player The first chapter introduces the city of London and then the main players John Snow Rev Henry Whitehead Edwin Chadwick and William Farr The account of Snow s investigations is fascinating The descriptions of the conditions in London before the sewer system was built was pretty stomach churning I never realised that most basementscellars were used as cesspits Also the descriptions of the myriad citizens who in varying ways made a living out of the waste has its own fascination It s a great story and I knew a bit about Snow but I was less aware of the role of Whitehead He was working as a vicar in the area and knew and visited many of those who died He did a good deal of the detective work that supported Snow s thinking Snow of course was already known for his work on chloroform and anaesthesia and would have had a place in the history of medicine just for that Johnson s introduction to the book is a good summation This is a story with four protagonists a deadly bacterium a vast city and two gifted but very different men One dark week a hundred fifty years ago in the midst of great terror and human suffering their lives collided on London s Broad Street on the western edge of SohoThis book is an attempt to tell the story in a way that does justice to the multiple scales of existence that helped bring it about from the invisible kingdom of microscopic bacteria to the tragedy and courage and camaraderie of individual lives to the cultural realm of ideas and ideologies all the way up to the sprawling metropolis of London itself It s the story of a map that lies at the intersection of all those different vectors a map created to help make sense of an experience that defied human understanding The book is somewhat repetitive at times and then there is the epilogue which leaves the subject of the book and is much speculative Johnson looks at increasing urbanization arguing we are becoming a city planet and looking at what might put this at risk He focuses on various types of terrorism individual with weapons and explosives portable nukes chemical and biological Here Johnson is in a reflective mode but it is very speculative and not really on the mark with too much painting terrorists as pantomime villains and not enough analysis Skip the last chapter

  • Hardcover
  • 299
  • The Ghost Map
  • Steven Johnson
  • English
  • 14 June 2018
  • 9781594489259