Part of Darwin College Lectures
Plagues have inflicted misery and suffering throughout history. They can be traced through generations in our genes, with echoes in religion and literature. Featuring essays arising from the 2014 Darwin College Lectures, this book examines the spectrum of tragic consequences of different types of plagues, from infectious diseases to over-population and computer viruses. The essays analyse the impact that plagues have had on humanity and animals, and their threat to the very survival of the world as we know it. On the theme of plagues, each essay takes a unique perspective, ranging from the impact of plagues on history, medicine, the evolution of species, and biblical metaphors, to their impact on national economies, and even our highly connected digital lifestyles. This engaging and timely collection challenges our understanding of plagues, and asks if plagues are the manifestation of nature's checks and balances in light of human population growth and our impact on climate change.Read more
- A stimulating collection of essays written by a distinguished group of scholars with a diverse approach to their theme
- Provides a multidisciplinary examination of the effects of plagues, from early history to current medicine and the future
- Analyses different types of plagues, from infectious diseases to over-population and computer viruses
06th Feb 2017 by RosalindEnglish
An instantly readable and compelling account of pathogens and their sometimes devastating effect on society. This collection of essays by experts provides both a broad historical perspective and fascinating detail on the subject, such as the accidental discovery of vaccination and the rapid spread of modern infections such as ebola. The import of this book is clear: plague is a continuing threat, and will never be outpaced by medical ingenuity. Infection radiated by global travel and nourished by antibacterial resistance may prove to be humanity's ultimate nemesis.
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- Date Published: January 2017
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781108180450
- contains: 51 colour illus.
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
1. Ebola, the plague of 2014/15 Jonathan L. Heeney
2. Plagues and history: from the Black Death to Alzheimer's disease Christopher Dobson and Mary Dobson
3. Plagues and medicine Sir Leszek Borysiewicz
4. The nature of plagues 2013–14: a year of living dangerously Angela McLean
5. Plagues, populations, and survival Stephen J. O'Brien
6. Plagues and socioeconomic collapse Ian Morris
7. Silicon plagues Mikko Hypponen
8. The human plague Stephen Emmott
9. Plague as metaphor Rowan Williams.
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