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When the Mississippi Ran Backwards : Empire, Intrigue, Murder, and the New Madrid Earthquakes

2 Ratings: 4.0
A book by Jay Feldman

The shocks that devastated the Mississippi River town of New Madrid, Mo., and environs in the winter of 1812 were among the strongest earthquakes in America's history. But in human terms they were fairly inconsequential (about 100 people died in the … see full wiki

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Author: Jay Feldman
Genre: History, Science
Publisher: Free Press
2 reviews about When the Mississippi Ran Backwards : Empire,...
review by . January 30, 2006
Along with "nanotechnology", the other big word in science at the beginning of the 21st century is "interdisciplinary". Specifically, many future technological advances will be made at the points where different sciences meet. For example, genetic engineering arises from the meeting of biology with nanotechnology. This push for interdisciplinary science is affecting the social sciences also, as the events of human history are being revisited and re-examined with an eye towards geology, climate change, …
review by . April 22, 2005
I'd never heard about the 1812 New Madrid earthquakes before I read this book, and I was fascinated with the account it contained. It didn't bog down with a lot of scientific explanations about the causes of the earthquakes, but gave just enough information to help the average reader understand what happened. The book covered the human aspects of the quake, but even more than that, it went into a lurid murder, a history of the Tecumseh indian uprising, and a concise history of the War of 1812. That's …
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