The Knowledge has ratings and reviews. Brendon Lewis Dartnell here offers technical knowledge, but he limits it to knowledge useful for “peaceful . Apr 3, Lewis Dartnell offers vital tips for those who manage to survive Armageddon, in his cunningly packaged history of practical ideas. By Steven. The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch is a book written by astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell. The book is written as a quick-start guide to restarting.

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Being a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction I am no stranger to the thought experiment. Everything is covered in to shallow a depth, the author doesn’t explore any one topic in sufficient detail, and the end result is What This book was delightful.

Well recommended mnowledge anyone interested in tech history or disaster preparation. It has built on itself for centuries, becoming vast and increasingly specialized. 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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Will there be the remnants of a plague like event that keeps people apart? This is where it is vitally important to specify the nature of the catastrophe. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. How to Invent Everything: I’m tempted to buy this book to have it on my shelf in case of a disaster How exactly did people develop farming machinery, clocks, steam engines, glass lenses, radios, explosives, and the like?


If we assume a population that doubles in each generation each couple have four children who survive into child bearing agethen it will take 24 generations for the population to return to 65 million. Jul 11, Jean rated it really liked it Shelves: Customers who bought this item also bought.

The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch by Lewis Dartnell, review

However it is thought-provoking and full of facts if you like stuffing your head with facts. What was available in ?

Not merely the obvious one know,edge building stuff out of it — but its importance as a source of industrial chemicals. The Knowledge impresses as a condensed history of scientific progress, and will pique curiosity among readers who regret daydreaming throughout school chemistry lessons.

If our technological society collapsed tomorrow what would be the one book you would want to press into the hands of the postapocalyptic survivors? Of the 65, inhabitants of the UK, only 10, remain.

The author assumes that society is a constant input factor, where experience suggests that it isn’t.

This kewis is certainly better than nothing as a manual for rebooting our society. It is a nice emergency book to have in case of the apocalypse but frankly makes for some grim reading. Sincewhen this book was published, Dartnell has maintained a website, which has extensive discussion organized by month.

Sep 17, Scottsdale Public Library added it Shelves: A series of ‘this is how to build a fire’, ‘this is how to identify iron-bearing rocks’, ‘this is how to smelt iron’, ‘this is how to build a steam engine, etc.


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As food production, finding, obtaining and storing potable water, simple metallurgy from mining to finished product subsistence plumbing and sanitation. One thing to note is that the book is shorter than it appears. As long as I cast aside a nagging feeling that if the end of the world were to strike, I would be very doomed, I found trawling through The Knowledge to be a lot of fun.

Most of my finished books get passed on, but Kknowledge think I’ll be holding on to this one for a while.

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So the science writer Lewis Dartnell has written a book on how that might happen. On the other hand, a very large asteroid strike could sterilise the entire planet apart from subterranean microbes, who probably wouldn’t be able to read this book without some very surprising mutations.

If you grew up reading stories of intrepid explorers, pioneers and colonists In a very readable style, Lewis Dartnell describes a thought experiment in which our world is devastated, human population reduced dramatically, and we’ve been bumped back to the Dark Ages But those even with those shortcuts, it’s going to be a hard road forward.

Except in reality, that’s not the question it’s answering.