The book is written as a quick-start guide to restarting civilization following a global catastrophe. The thirteen chapter book starts off explaining how humanity and civilization works and has come to be and how this could possibly be altered in the event of worldwide disaster — such as avian flu. Leaving us with the essential question of what knowledge would we need to rebuild civilization as we know it, which Dartnell answers by looking at the history of science and technology. Dartnell explains and realistically details a 'grace period' in which survivors can salvage food, materials and tools from the ruins of today's society. However, after a certain point this grace period would end, and humanity would have to produce their own food, make their own tools, practice hygiene and fight infection to maintain health, and develop energy stores for a new society to survive the aftermath.
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A captivating journey of discovery and a quickstart guide to rebuilding our world after the apocalypse. If the world as we know it ended tomorrow, how would you survive? A nuclear war, viral pandemic or asteroid strike.
The world as we know it has ended. You and the other survivors must start again. What knowledge would you need to start rebuilding civilisation from scratch? How do you grow food, generate power, prepare medicines, or get metal out of rocks? Could you avert another Dark Ages, or take shortcuts to accelerate redevelopment? Living in the modern world, we have become disconnected from the basic processes and key fundamentals of science that sustain our lives.
Ingenious and groundbreaking, The Knowledge explains everything you need to know about everything, revolutionising your understanding of the world. Lewis Dartnell. Lewis Dartnell is an astrobiology researcher and professor at the University of Westminster.
He has won several awards for his science writing, and contributes to the Guardian , The Times and New Scientist. It is a great read even if civilisation does not collapse. This book may or may not save your life but it'll certainly make it more interesting. It's not a daft survival manual but a highly intelligent description of all that makes our lives normal. Our Lists. Buy from…. View all online retailers. Read more. Also by Lewis Dartnell. Related titles.
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The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch – review
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, or even how to produce food for yourself?
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The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch
A captivating journey of discovery and a quickstart guide to rebuilding our world after the apocalypse. If the world as we know it ended tomorrow, how would you survive? A nuclear war, viral pandemic or asteroid strike. The world as we know it has ended. You and the other survivors must start again.
Look Inside. How would you go about rebuilding a technological society from scratch? If our technological society collapsed tomorrow 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? Human knowledge is collective, distributed across the population.