Novelist Shares His Thoughts On City Planning

In this interview, Author Steven Johnson discusses his lates book about London's Cholera outbreak, urban planning, and his fascination with the popular computer game, SimCity.

"Steven Johnson has a knack for staying ahead of multiple curves at once. His books have been delighting literate technologists and geeky humanities majors ever since his 1997 "Interface Culture" -- one of the first and still best accounts of the cultural content of software design.

Johnson's latest book, "The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic --and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World," follows a doctor and a clergyman who teamed up in 1854 to figure out why cholera had ravaged their neighborhood. It rolls together a scientific exploration and a cultural exegesis, and, like Johnson's second book, "Emergence," it examines the city as organism. But unlike all his previous volumes, it's set in the past -- and it tells a story."

Thanks to Abby Lydon

Full Story: History as written by a "SimCity" freak

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