The Knowledge

The Knowledge

How to Rebuild Our World From Scratch

Book - 2014
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"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. 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 network of other technologies, all interlinked and mutually dependent. You can't hope to build a radio, for example, without understanding how to acquire the raw materials it requires, as well as generate the electricity needed to run it. But Dartnell doesn't just provide 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : The Penguin Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781594205231
Characteristics: 340 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Jan 29, 2019

This is an overview of the technologies and processes that would need to be re-mastered in order to rebuild from the crash of civilization. It's very much a survey as if it went into detail on every one of the requirements it would likely be too heavy for one person to lift. Though as I recall there's a large bibliography. It also handily sets out how the remaining tech (if there is any) can be used to keep things rolling along while technological civilization is being rebooted. I think this one should be printed on acid-free, archival-grade paper, possibly in some kind of container.

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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