Steven Johnson's TED talk about spreading of epidemics

Here's Steven Johnson's TED Talk about The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic -- and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World, "his book about a cholera outbreak in 1854 London and the impact it had on science, cities and modern society."


  1. A big thumbs up for the book as well. The guy writes as well as he talks and there’s something extremely poignant about the personal stories Johnson’s uncovered from the archives; all of a sudden it’s not just a story about abstractions, but about people.

    Oh and the John Snow pub in Soho is a fine place for a drink on a hot summer’s day.

  2. This was a great book! Not scary at all; it was very heartening to see how an illness so deadly could be eradicated through research and education.

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