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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That said, I can honestly say I enjoyed this book very much. Explore the Home Gift Guide. I had much higher hopes for this book that sadly failed to deliver, but I leqis that at the end of the day that’s more on me and my assumptions of how a pop-science book should be rather than knoledge the author.

If you need advice on how to hang on to your post-apocalyptic fiefdom, consult Machiavelli, Sun Tzu and other experts in such matters.

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

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Full disclosure, I received an advance copy of this book through a GoodReads contest. Ostensibly a manual on rebuilding our technological life-support system after a global catastrophe, it is actually a glorious compendium of the knowledge we have lost in the living; the origins of the material fabric of our actual, unapocalyptic lives….


Lo positi Lo primero que quiero hacer es avisar: The best science writing is the stuff that makes the reader go: Jun 14, Aaron Hook rated it it was ok Shelves: Still, I would read a sequel to this if it existed.

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This all assumes some kind of disaster will destroy all stored knowledge but leave a breeding population of humans alive to carry on in an environment still conducive to agriculture. One thing to note is that the book is shorter than it appears.

A post-apocalyptic civilisation might be a green one, out of sheer necessity. However, the last chapter also highlights the importance of socio-economic conditions required for technology to get implemented knowlede to provid It’s not really a handbook for a hypothetical collapse, but it’s a great place to start.

Which is, by killing each other.

Dartnell then stealthily drew me into a detailed history of science and engineering, with a strong emphasis on the world’s chemical underpinnings. Ibn Khaldun described how primitive predatory nomads have cyclically overcome more technologically advanced agrarian societies.

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The footnotes throughout the book are consistently very interesting. 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 introduction does speculate a little about different types of apocalypse, but settles on a viral pandemic as our final foe. About The Knowledge How would you go about rebuilding a technological society 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.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. View all 26 comments. It is a nice emergency book to have in case of the apocalypse but frankly makes for some grim reading.

The moribund living will be eating the canned goods, leaving the survivors with nothing Regardless, I know I will benefit from a re-reading at some point. Lots to think about here.

The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch

The essential gift book for any pet lover – real-life tales of devoted dogs, rebellious cats and other unforgettable four-legged friends. Dartnell covers every relevant general category of knowledge: If our technological society collapsed tomorrow what would be the one book you would want to press into the hands of the postapocalyptic survivors?

If most of humanity was wiped out in the morning and a handful of people remained, could they survive and rebuild modern technology?