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The Great Stink Of London: Sir Joseph Bazalgette And The Cleansing Of The Victorian Capital
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The Great Stink Of London Sir Joseph Bazalgette And The Cleansing Of The Victorian Capital In the sweltering summer of the stink of sewage from the oulluted Thames was so offensive that it drove Members of Parliament from the chamber of the House of Commons Sewage from over two million

  • Title: The Great Stink Of London: Sir Joseph Bazalgette And The Cleansing Of The Victorian Capital
  • Author: Stephen Halliday Joseph Balgette
  • ISBN: 9780750919753
  • Page: 485
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the sweltering summer of 1858 the stink of sewage from the oulluted Thames was so offensive that it drove Members of Parliament from the chamber of the House of Commons Sewage from over two million Londoners was carried to and fro by the tides The Times called the crisis The Great Stink Parliament had to act drastic measures were required to clean the Thames and toIn the sweltering summer of 1858 the stink of sewage from the oulluted Thames was so offensive that it drove Members of Parliament from the chamber of the House of Commons Sewage from over two million Londoners was carried to and fro by the tides The Times called the crisis The Great Stink Parliament had to act drastic measures were required to clean the Thames and to improve London s primitive system of sanitation The engineer entrusted by Parliament with this enormous task was Sir Joseph Bazalgette, and this book is an account of his life and work.

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    1. Caroline says:

      What a great pleasure it was to learn about my hero, Joseph Bazalgette, and his astonishing achievements. The book was well set out and easy to read. I particularly liked the boxes giving short biographies of the various people involved with Bazalgette’s projects. They imparted a real flavour of the movers and shakers who peopled his incredibly able world.Here follows a synopsis to remind me of what I read (I don’t expect anyone else to read it!) I just don’t want to forget all the wonderf [...]

    2. Song Medina-Babijes says:

      Halliday gives a clear historical account of what Thames looked like during the Victorian era--a river infested with waste and disease--and how one man changed it. The Thames river's transformation from one stinky river to one of the most admired rivers in Europe is something that the Philippines can replicate in its own water systems. Joseph Bazalgette, an engineer, put all the stops to clean Thames. His magnificent project is truly one for sustainability!

    3. Ari says:

      This is an odd book, but a worthy one. As the title suggests, it's part history of London's 19th-century sewage system, and part biography of Joseph Bazalgette, chief engineer of the sewage system. These two stories complement eachother, and the book felt loose but by no means padded. The book used to be a dissertation but is blessedly free of the usual defects of such. The author has many historical and biographical digressions, but minimal theoretical apparatus. The scholarly machinery of foot [...]

    4. Jj Li says:

      This isn't a topic most people think about, but Bazalgette really does deserve a place of honor amongst the greats of early-ish Science. This book has the potential to be a momentous modern epic, but the author's style is very scholarly and academic, a bit too dry to do the topic justice as a good human drama. As an informative text and compilation of resources and research, this is excellent, though.

    5. Missclimpson says:

      I was surprised to find out that flush toilets were the cause of the problem. It makes sense when I think about it. Instead of carting off human waste to be used as fertilizer or whatever, as was the practice before flush toilets were invented, it was dumped into the rivers via “drains” of one type or another, leading to the great stink. An interesting read.

    6. Kriegslok says:

      This is an excellent book. Books about growing food, cooking food, even eating food are proliferate. However, less interest is taken in what happens to your dinner after it has been masticated. This book takes it title from the failure of London's "great and good" to take any interest in what happened to the contents of their chamber pots once they had been sleuced into Thames tribuatories and how hot summers began to bring them nausea inducing reminders as a tidle wave of festering sludge slopp [...]

    7. FabioAmador says:

      El libro exalta la figura de Sir Joseph Bazalgette por su contribución al saneamiento de la ciudad de Londres en el siglo XIX mediante la planificación, diseño y construcción de un sistema de interceptores, además de otras obras de infraestructura que fueron construidas en esa época. Resulta también interesante la descripción de las controversias asociadas a la teoría miasmática de la enfermedad que era aceptada hasta ese momento. Como ingeniero resulta inevitable senstirse inspirado p [...]

    8. Denise says:

      I've always been fascinated by anything concerning the history of London, including the very workings of the infrastructure. I already knew Joseph Bazalgette's story and was amazed at the task he had before him. This book added to my knowledge by giving details such as what he was up against with local authorities and the typical "not in my backyard" camp. It may be too much information for some people's taste, but people who are fascinated by the things that most take for granted- this will giv [...]

    9. Arlene says:

      The book was not as intriguing as the concept. I think perhaps this might be a book that needs to be read. I listened to it as an audio book and something was lost in the translation from page to ear.

    10. Andrew Lin says:

      Just finished reading this despite planning to do so for quite some time. A fascinating investigation of politics, engineering and history behind the infrastructure of a great city. Interesting to see that modern engineers still have to go through the same travails as our forebears.

    11. Converse says:

      Entertaining history of the building of the London sewers, Thames embankements, & numerous streets. Sewers built greatly reduced cholera epidemics, but not for the reasons contemporaries believed - they thought that the stink directly caused the disease.

    12. Mckinley says:

      Interesting; the photos and illustrations added greatly to my understanding and enjoyment.

    13. David says:

      This must be the definitive book on England's greatest engineer. Packed with detail makes it hard going at times, but your persistence is amply rewarded.

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