The knowledge: how to rebuild our world from scratch
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Dr Lewis Dartnell

The Knowledge begins by asking what core knowledge and building blocks would be needed to rebuild civilization from scratch? Providing a history of practical ideas including how to grow food, generate power, prepare medicines, or get metal out of rocks, it explains the fundamentals upon which modern technologies are built.

Every piece of technology rests on an enormous support network of other technologies, Dartnell argues, which are all interlinked and mutually dependent. Individuals do not possess sufficient knowledge to re-boot or reinvent civilization by themselves, but what Dartnell attempts to do is provide a guide of the basics of the scientific method, giving the reader a blueprint for the techniques used to rediscover crucial and powerful knowledge. 

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Dr Lewis Dartnell

Published by:
Penguin Books

Date of publication:
April 2014

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Giving a basic overview of the scientific method and its application, this book may prove useful to STEM teachers looking for new ways to teach general knowledge. 


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R198 / 157
Author(s) biog(s):
Dr Lewis Dartnell

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Guardian, TED - blog

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