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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 Knowledge How to Rebuild our ePUB #192 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 uickstart guide adapted to cataclysmic circumstances  The Knowledge describes many of the modern technologies we employ but first it explains the fundamentals upon which they are built Every piece of technology rests on an enormous support netw. You find yourself and a band of others the survivors of a Charleton Heston like apocalypse You are the last people on earth How do you rebuild If infrastructure hasn t been demolished you have a grace period where you can scavenge of the corpse of the old world but pretty soon you and the other survivors will have to restart civilization None of us in the modern world can single handedly produce a pencil not to mention an iPhone This book presents the hardy survivor of a holocaust a way to build your own civilization from the ruins Be warned it won t be nearly as fun as a video game The first part gives tips on how scavenge from the old world as it crumbles away and progresses on to tell you how to restart agriculture relearn metallurgy learn how to make simple machines and euipment begin to provide medicine start producing power In other words it holds the important shortcuts learned from millennia of wrong turns and dead ends to go from being pretty much a hunter and gatherer to a industrial civilization It is a nice emergency book to have in case of the apocalypse but frankly makes for some grim reading

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Ork of other technologies all interlinked and mutually dependent You can’t hope to build a radio for example without understanding how to acuire the raw materials it reuires as well as generate the electricity needed to run it But Dartnell doesn’t just provide Knowledge How to Rebuild our ePUB #192 specific information for starting over he also reveals the greatest invention of them all the phenomenal knowledge generating machine that is the scientific method itself This would allow survivors to learn technological advances not explicitly explored in  The Knowledge as well as things we have yet to discover The Knowledge is a brilliantly original guide to the fundamentals of science and how it built our modern world as well as a thought experiment about the very idea of scientific knowledge itself.. This book was delightful I am a big humanities history guy Unfortunately I ve got a bit of a mental block when it comes to science The second somebody starts describing the details of chemistry or engineering I just kind of tune out What Mr Dartnell has achieved here is an excellent way to draw people like me into a broader understanding of our technological civilization The premise is simple He doesn t spend too much time on the details but he imagines a complete societal collapse What would happen then How would we rebuild As a apocalypse nerd I found the premise irresistible enough to pick it up at an airport in Malta Dartnell then stealthily drew me into a detailed history of science and engineering with a strong emphasis on the world s chemical underpinnings I must confess that I didn t follow all of it but when I took the time to walk through his explanations I got a ton out of them The degree to which we are completely dependent on modern chemistry to sustain ourselves was something I was always aware of but this book has done an excellent job of fleshing out that understanding The central importance of certain fertilizers in carrying about a uarter of us was something that was made chillingly clear If the worst comes who knows this book could well be what s needed to re start things Regardless I know I will benefit from a re reading at some point Most of my finished books get passed on but I think I ll be holding on to this one for a while

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How would you go about rebuilding a technological How to ePUB #185 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 The Knowledge PDFEPUB or they need to survive in the immediate aftermath and to rebuild civilization as uickly 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 Knowledge How to PDF #204 principles of the civilization that supports us happily utilizing the latest or even the most basic technology without. Thank you to both Netgalley and Random House UK for an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review If someone came up to me and said Hi here is an instruction manual to rebuild civilisation after collapse You re welcome guess how I d react There would be sarcasm and the little wizened skeptic that lives in my head would be having a field day And I did approach this volume with an amount of skepticism How can you boil down all of civilisation into one 250 page volumeBeing a fan of post apocalyptic fiction I am no stranger to the thought experiment The first grown up book I ever read was John Wyndham s Day of the Triffids My older sister was assigned this novel to read in high school and complained about a stupid novel in which stupid plants come to life and kill everyone Not ideal for a thirteen year old girl ideal for a eleven year old boy Ever since then I have had a soft spot for apocalyptic fiction with stand out favourites being Earth Abides The Walking Dead comics and the other works of Wyndham So I have been part of this thought experiment for a while nowAnd as my education has furthered into the sciences and gone into research my environmentalism has increased and the knowledge of human activity with respect to the stability of the climate has caused these thought experiments to become of a possible future reality I believe it is within the realm of possibility that civilisation as we know it could collapse during my lifetime The I learn the I realise it would not take much at all to tip the scales into a decline in drastic decline in living standardsIt s obvious that Lewis has thought extensively on this also But he is infinitely talented and had set himself the task to write an instruction manual to reboot civilisation And despite approaching this work with complete skepticism I come out the other side amazed and completely humbled by this work and it s author Lewis has achieved exactly what he has set out to do This is a work that I would want in my hands in an apocalypse The irony being that I have read this reviewer copy as an e book the most inaccessible method of transmission of data in a coming apocalypse A part of me even feels that paper might not be robust enough nor last long enough to hold this wisdom I d sleep better at night knowing that this was reproduced in stone buried in a sealed crypt somewhere far from any citiesWhat Lewis offers isn t a complete set of instructions but some methods are described in great detail but rather an overview of differing technologies such as agriculture food preservation basic and advanced chemistry communications and with specific methods and examples of the history of certain technologies and how to reboot these technologies from scratch And Lewis admits that reproducing the historical progression of science and technology is not the most efficient reboot scenario and that just having certain knowledge can hopefully leapfrog past certain stages and methods He even suggests that several technologies that were adopted were inferior to abandoned competitors in hindsight and that a new civilisation should take advantage of this hindsightLewis writing is succinctaccurate and informative His ability to refine a concept down to one or two sentences that manages to convey exactly how a thing works and why it does what it does is astounding This is what all educators and science communicators strive for and it seems like he as a great talent When he was explaining concepts that I have previously learnt I was amazed at the clarity of which he would convey the ideas How easily can you explain how refrigerators work using the laws if thermodynamicsWhat Lewis presents is truly an astounding work that actually does have the potential to achieve what it set out to do I d recommend this book for not only any post apocalyptic fan but anyone interested in science technology and any curious person who likes to know why things work I am now an instant fan of Lewis and I look forward to the publication of this book in April 2014 I ll at least be buying a paper copy


10 thoughts on “The Knowledge How to Rebuild our World from Scratch

  1. says:

    I read a lot of Prepper books and in general a lot of apocalyptic literature This one was a uick read because it sucked Dartnell had the kernel of a good idea but then lost steam about 50 pages into the book and what he filled the remaining 250 with was a stretchGood points explaining how to get certain base mate

  2. says:

    Thank you to both Netgalley and Random House UK for an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review If someone came up to me and said Hi here is an instruction manual to rebuild civilisation after collapse You're welcome guess how I'd

  3. says:

    This book is going to need two reviewsThe first – would I want this book to be in my library should the world end? I’m afraid the answer is no while certainly this book is cleverly researched packed with information and the subject matter carefully chosen or at least with some sort of system apparently there is a website Eually I realized that there was no well in hell I was going to be able to do any of this stuff F

  4. says:

    You find yourself and a band of others the survivors of a Charleton Heston like apocalypse You are the last people on earth How do you rebuild If infrastructure hasn't been demolished you have a grace period where you can scavenge of the corpse of the old world but pretty soon you and the other survivors will h

  5. says:

    This book is absolutely hilarious It’s not meant to be but it is Published in 2015 it is a handbook for rebuilding civilization after say an asteroid strike a solar flare a nuclear war or – let’s think – a catastrophic pandemic In fact Dartnell envisages a pandemic with a rapid onset mortality of 80% such that survivors would have to leave urban areas to avoid the stench and contamination of all those dead bodies Fortuna

  6. says:

    I picked this up after reading Station Eleven a fictional account of a group of global Pandemic survivors It is essentially a how to book on what you need to know in order to survive and reboot our world if that Pandemic or other event happens As a former editor for how to technology books I give this five stars It is practical and accessible Reading it now you learn alot of what makes our current world work

  7. says:

    I admit I'm a junkie for those YouTube channels that examine the complex modern world by attempting to deconstruct modern

  8. says:

    This book was delightful I am a big humanities history guy Unfortunately I've got a bit of a mental block when it comes t

  9. says:

    “The Knowledge” is meant as an assist to the human race But to properly aid the human race in a post apocalypse future two things are reuired One is technical knowledge The other is an understanding of the human race Lewis Dart

  10. says:

    I have to admit that I struggled to read this book It's not very engaging or well written In many cases it reads like one of those science text