NOTED SCIENCE WRITER AND AUTHOR OF NEW BOOK, THE MEASURE OF MANHATTAN, TO SPEAK
NYS Writers Institute, April 11, 2013
Simon Winchester, bestselling author of The Map That Changed the World, said, “This intelligent and entirely riveting account of the brave young man who squared and sculpted Manhattan… is every bit as groundbreaking a success as was his own work, two centuries before. Marguerite Holloway has uncovered in the life of John Randel Jr., a quite marvelous tale, and has told it just magnificently.”
Elizabeth Kolbert, bestselling author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe, called The Measure of Manhattan “a fascinating look at a forgotten episode in American history,” and said, “Marguerite Holloway brings to life the man who in a very real way made New York what it is today.”
Geoff Manaugh of the architectural news site BLDGBLOG said, “This outstanding history of the Manhattan grid offers us a strange archaeology: part spatial adventure, part technical expedition into the heart of measurement itself, starring teams of 19th-century gentlemen striding across the island’s eroded mountains and wild streams, implementing a grid that would soon enough sprout skyscrapers and flatirons, Central Park and 5th Avenue. Marguerite Holloway’s engaging survey takes us step by step through the challenges of obsolete land laws and outdated maps of an earlier metropolis, looking for— and finding— the future shape of this immeasurable city.”Director of the Science and Environmental Journalism Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Holloway received the school’s Presidential Teaching Award in 2009 and the Distinguished Teacher of the Year award in 2001. She is a former editor of and long-time contributor to Scientific American, covering environmental issues, public health, neuroscience and women in science. She has also written for Discover, Natural History, the New York Times, and Wired.
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