The Knowledge

Summer 2014

The Knowledge

by Lewis Dartnell

An exploration of how simple technologies combine to create our modern complex society

Although ostensibly a manual for survivors of an unspecified apocalypse, this book is really about the tapestry of technologies – agriculture, metallurgy, chemistry, medicine, and others that enable our modern society.

By setting out and exploring in depth a list of vital technologies, the author shows both the hidden complexity of many of the things which we take for granted, and the surprising simplicity of many of our core technologies.

Whether discussing the practice of raising crops, electricity generation or making soap, this is a stimulating and thought-provoking guide to the world around us.

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