The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic-and How it Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
The Ghost Map refers to a map of a city neighborhood created by pioneering British doctor John Snow in 1854. Graphically marking deaths from a cholera epidemic, the map helped pinpoint the source of the disease outbreak and eventually led to reforms in city sanitation and a better understanding of water borne illness. Mr. Johnson discusses his book and takes questions at the Columbia University bookstore in New York City.
Steven Johnson is the author of five books including Everything Bad is Good for You, Mind Wide Open: Your Brain And The Neuroscience Of Everyday Life, Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software, and Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms The Way We Create And Communicate. Mr.Johnson is a Distinguished Writer In Residence at New York University.
Steven Johnson is the author of The Ghost Map, Everything Bad Is Good for You, Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life, Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Cities, Software and Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate and The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution, and the Birth of America. Johnson’s book Where Good Ideas Come From was a finalist for the 800CEORead award for best business book of 2010, and was ranked as one of the year’s best books by The Economist.
He is also the founder of several influential websites, including FEED, Plastic, and, currently, outside.in. His most recent book is Where Good Ideas Come From.