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"As the scouts say – be prepared! Say your prayers that you never need this book" (Bear Grylls)
"A glorious compendium of the knowledge we have lost in the living… This is the most inspiring book I’ve read in a long time" (Peter Forbes Independent)
"An extraordinary achievement... It is a great read even if civilisation does not collapse. If it does, it will be the sacred text of the new world ― Dartnell that world’s first great prophet" (The Times)
"The ultimate do-it-yourself guide to ‘rebooting’ human civilization" (Nature)
"A terrifically engrossing history of science and technology" (Steven Poole Guardian)
"Impeccably researched and beautifully written, The Knowledge makes me proud of all we humans have achieved - and dismayed at how much we have to lose. You need to read this book" (Stephen Baxter)
"Dartnell makes the technology and science of everyday life in our civilization fascinating and understandable. This book may or may not save your life but it'll certainly make it more interesting.
This the book we all wish we'd been given at school: The Knowledge that makes everything else make sense" (Ken MacLeod, author of Descent)
"A marvelously astounding work: In one graceful swoop, Lewis Dartnell takes our multi-layered, interconnected modern world, shows how fragile its scaffolding is, and then lays out a how-to guide for starting over from scratch. Imagine Zombieland told by Neil deGrasse Tyson and you'll get some sense of what a delight The Knowledge is to read" (Seth Mnookin, New York Times bestselling author of The Panic Virus and associate director of MIT's Graduate Program in Science Writing)
"A remarkable and panoramic view of how civilization actually works" (Roger Highfield of the Science Museum)
"This book is useful if civilization collapses, and entertaining if it doesn't. After the cometary impact it may save your life, and if it doesn't at least you'll know why you perished" (S. M. Stirling)
A captivating journey of discovery and a quickstart guide to rebuilding our world after the apocalypse.See all Product Description
Really good explanation of the basic sciences that underpin modern life.Published 1 month ago by David Were
Dartnell writes well, but as a farmers son I have to say that I think he underestimates the difficulty of subsistence farming. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. R. Judd
I make no secret of the fact that I am obsessed with the idea of the apocalypse, and of post-apocalyptic society. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dr. Michael Heron
Bought as a gift for my husband. He has found it very informative and an easy read.Published 3 months ago by Cimmie
gift for my brother. he loves it. he went to a lecture by the author, and was fascinated by the idea of what to do after the apocalypse. So I got him the book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Sharp
Amazing. I prefer the original, less sensationalist title, but this fantastic book rekindled in me a youthful fascination in science and technology. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tr1ke79