The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch Audio CD
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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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A captivating journey of discovery and a quickstart guide to rebuilding our world after the apocalypse. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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The ‘apocalypse’ itself described in book was very clinical but this book is not meant to be a blow-by-blow instruction manual. I couldn’t see survivors sitting around it deciding what to do on Day 24. However, it does contain a lot of high level technological insight that a post-apocalyptic Edison or Pasteur might find useful and could spend years of their lives trying to leverage.
The book is apolitical. Its focus is the technology. If you need advice on how to hang on to your post-apocalyptic fiefdom, consult Machiavelli, Sun Tzu and other experts in such matters. Oh, the book doesn’t cover killing zombies either.
Some readers might find the advanced chemistry section a bit of a drudge, but I can’t see how Dartnell could avoid that, given leaving it out would undermine the book’s purpose. On the flip side, it provides useful context for any fledgling chemistry students.
The footnotes throughout the book are consistently very interesting. I think any writer interested in world building would find the book very useful.
One thing to note is that the book is shorter than it appears. About the last 20% is filled with references, including a useful list of relevant fiction.
One final word of advice. If you want to tuck this away for the apocalypse, so you can amaze the other survivors with your scientific knowhow, remember to buy the paperback, not the ebook. Unless you’re really sure you can get those generators up and running.
A manual for restarting civilisation
A fascinating insight into what underpins our way of life
The stuff our grandparents knew and we forgot
Take your pick! It's a good read if you're interested in how things work. I hope they pop a few copies on the shelves along with the seed bank at Svalbard.
if most of us are wiped out by an epidemic from an engineer who knows his stuff and
can communicate it concisely and clearly. It is very much a personal view and is based on the premise
that anything other than the consensus of 20th century Western Science is misguided; for example Lewis goes through contortions to explain how we would produce penicillin (which is now largely ineffective and causes allergic reactions in many) rather than mentioning the many more effective alternative antibiotics which would be freely available such as sage, garlic and olive leaf extract. Personally if we could start civilisation again,
whilst it would be good to know how to make many of the things we now have, it would be wise to avoid many of the pitfalls of the last 200 years
and recognise and foster the crucial role in rebuilding society of those who hold together social groups, are gifted at passing on knowledge and in growing crops in a sustainable, biodynamic way.
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