The Ghost Map

The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson is a historical account of the terrifying outbreak of cholera in the summer of 1854 in London and how a pair of interdisciplinary thinkers worked to find a solution to the deadly problem.

By the mid-nineteenth century, London had emerged as one of the first truly modern cities, but it severely lacked necessary sanitation services, including garbage removal, clean water, and sewers, becoming a breeding ground for an outbreak of a rapidly-spreading disease.

As the cholera outbreak spreads, it is up to Dr. John Snow and Reverend Henry Whitehead to use their knowledge of the disease and the city to map the pandemic and its cause, find its widespread implications and, ultimately, discover the intervention that stopped the devastating spread of the disease.

The Ghost Map is a riveting historical illustration of the intertwined histories of cholera, cities, and modern scientific inquiry. Yet the ideas and lessons in The Ghost Map are not simply about the nineteenth-century but also our own contemporary "wicked problems" from urban sprawl to bio-terrorism and much more.

Ghostmapping: A Public Lecture Series

You are invited to participate in a campus lecture series that will draw upon the collective knowledge of the community to help better understand the issues raised in Steven Johnson’s critically acclaimed book, "The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic -- and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World."

To apply please  provide your name, the title of your presentation, and a 50-word description of its content. Proposals for individual and panel presentations are welcome.

Application Form

For priority consideration, submit your information by July 15.

Request a review copy of The Ghost Map

If you are a faculty or staff member at the Manhattan or Salina campus and plan to incorporate the common book into a fall class, please contact us at ksbn@k-state.edu with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Campus address
  • Course name and number
  • Few details about how you might use the book with students this fall

 


 

 

 

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