The Knowledge

The Knowledge

How to Rebuild Our World From Scratch

Book - 2014
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"How would you go about rebuilding a technological society from scratch? If our technological society collapsed tomorrow, perhaps from a viral pandemic or catastrophic asteroid impact, what would be the one book you would want to press into the hands of the postapocalyptic survivors? What crucial knowledge would they need to survive in the immediate aftermath and to rebuild civilization as quickly as possible-a guide for rebooting the world? Human knowledge is collective, distributed across the population. It has built on itself for centuries, becoming vast and increasingly specialized. Most of us are ignorant about the fundamental principles of the civilization that supports us, happily utilizing the latest-or even the most basic-technology without having the slightest idea of why it works or how it came to be. If you had to go back to absolute basics, like some sort of postcataclysmic Robinson Crusoe, would you know how to re-create an internal combustion engine, put together a microscope, get metals out of rock, accurately tell time, weave fibers into clothing, or even how to produce food for yourself? Regarded as one of the brightest young scientists of his generation, Lewis Dartnell proposes that the key to preserving civilization in an apocalyptic scenario is to provide a quickstart guide, adapted to cataclysmic circumstances."
Publisher: New York : The Penguin Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781594205231
159420523X
Characteristics: 340 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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Chapel_Hill_KenMc Jun 15, 2015

This is a fascinating survey of technological development over the centuries, making clear how discoveries and inventions have built on themselves in layers, leading to ever-expanding uses of materials. It also purports to be a "how-to" guide to re-starting technological development after the crash of civilization. It certainly wouldn't hurt to have this book around...maybe it should be produced with a catastrophe-proof cover.

srmechs May 02, 2014

A primer of how survivors of destruction of our contemporary world could work toward a possible future. I'd recommend it as a handbook for practically everyone. In the meantime, I found it extremely interesting as well a well written.

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