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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The premise is simple. One is technical knowledge. I picked this up after reading Station Eleven a fictional account of a group of global Pandemic survivors.
Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. For example, the book discusses the return of the Bessemer converter dartnelll manufacture steel. View all 26 comments. 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.
He even goes into great detail about crops as a food source, and omits any mention of hunting for food, except for an oblique mention of butchering no details on that, of course. Dartnell’s final chapter was the most interesting. Sep 30, Nabila rated it it was ok Shelves: The technology cannot be considered in isolation from the society which it serves.
No guns, no spears, no bows and arrows, no traps.
As elsewhere, he is slyly humorous on cars, noting for example that when the post-apocalyptic concrete jungle is reclaimed by actual jungle, then “for the first time, SUVs will become necessary to get around urbanised areas”. If the worst comes, who knows, this book could well be what’s needed to re-start things. Call or visit books.
A part of me even feels that paper might not be robust enough nor last long enough to hold this wisdom. Will there be the remnants of a plague like event that keeps people apart? 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. How would you go about rebuilding a technological society from scratch?
Get to Know Us. If you grew up reading stories of intrepid explorers, pioneers and colonists or Heinlein, which is often the same thing and wondered whether you’d be as innovative and competent in patching together spare items to meet your society’s needs, this is for you. While he focuses primarily on rebuilding society, it is of interesting note that he does touch upon a few pragmatics. One of the major problems I have with this is that while he talks about leap frogging intermittently, it seems like that comes up very infrequently.
The population density of the UK is currently about 0. In summary I liked this book, just as a casual know,edge, not as actual doom-preparation After the catastrophe described but unspecifiedthe density would change to When he got to the long-term solutions for living, the book got more interesting. The central importance of certain fertilizers in carrying about a quarter of us was something that was made chillingly clear.
But to properly aid the human race, in a post-apocalypse future, two things are required. The Back to Basics Handbook is much more valuable and comes much closer to fulfilling the expectations generated by The Knowledge’s author.
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But Dartnell envisions peaceful souls all living in egalitarian harmony as they rebuild the world, so no mention of such unpleasant things sullies his book. Adam The author actually addresses this–the fact that it merely exists in physical print anywhere is enough. Granted, there are a ton of shortcuts available — for everything except maybe the organic chemistry that, as it turns out, plays a far greater role in our daily existence than mo So, if the apocalypse does come, I really hope I’m not here to deal with it.
Having a quick look through the Goodreads review of this book, I couldn’t help noticing that a fair part of the criticism reflected the fact that it might not actually be all that helpful in the event of the complete collapse of modern civilisation.
For how many of you know anything about farming? Knowlevge all of the land be equally accessible and free from contamination? I don’t plan to rebuild civilization anytime soon, but I enjoyed discovering how the scientific principles of our complex industrial world were discovered, and then learning how the technology was developed that underlies modern civilization. Dxrtnell don’t think so. No doubt many people already know this, but to me it was extraordinary to learn that you can get tar, pitch, acetic acid, turpentine, acetone and methanol out of wood, by heating it and capturing the vapours that pour out — and that the cordite used in the First World War was made using acetone captured in this way until Britain ran out, and started gleaning acetone from conkers.
And, as Dartnell explains, thanks to the seers of Lewjs there is even a “global seed vault” buried in an everything-proof mountainside bunker in Norway, so tge won’t lose any useful plants either. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. On the other hand, a very large asteroid strike could sterilise the entire planet apart from subterranean microbes, who probably wouldn’t dxrtnell able to read this book without some very surprising mutations.
Dartnell has achieved here is an excellent way to draw people like me into a broader understanding of our technological civilization.