The Knowledge

Author: Lewis Dartnell

Publisher: Perfection Learning

ISBN: 9781680650273

Category: Reference

Page: 352

View: 3070

First published by Penguin Press in hardcover as The knowledge: how to rebuild our world from scratch, 2014.

The Knowledge

How to Rebuild our World from Scratch

Author: Lewis Dartnell

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448137381

Category: Science

Page: 352

View: 8115

Maybe it was a viral pandemic, or an asteroid strike, or perhaps nuclear war. Whatever the cause, the world as we know it has ended and you and the other survivors must start again. What key knowledge would you need to start rebuilding civilisation from scratch? Once you’ve scavenged what you can, how do you begin producing the essentials? How do you grow food, generate power, prepare medicines, or get metal out of rocks? Could you avert another Dark Ages or take shortcuts to accelerate redevelopment? Living in the modern world, we have become disconnected from the basic processes that support our lives, as well as the beautiful fundamentals of science that enable you to relearn things for yourself. The Knowledge is a journey of discovery, a book which explains everything you need to know about everything. This is a quickstart guide for rebooting civilisation which will transform your understanding of the world – and help you prepare for when it’s no longer here... http://the-knowledge.org/

The Knowledge

How to Rebuild Civilization in the Aftermath of a Cataclysm

Author: Lewis Dartnell

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143127047

Category: Reference

Page: 352

View: 3281

First published by Penguin Press in hardcover as The knowledge: how to rebuild our world from scratch, 2014.

Caveman Chemistry

28 Projects, from the Creation of Fire to the Production of Plastics

Author: Kevin M. Dunn

Publisher: Universal-Publishers

ISBN: 9781581125665

Category: Education

Page: 409

View: 2622

Half a million years ago our ancestors learned to make fire from scratch. They crafted intricate tools from stone and brewed mind-altering elixirs from honey. Their descendants transformed clay into pottery, wool into clothing, and ashes into cleansers. In ceramic crucibles they won metal from rock, the metals lead to colored glazes and glass. Buildings of brick and mortar enshrined books of parchment and paper. Kings and queens demanded ever more colorful clothing and accessories in order to out-class clod-hoppers and call-girls. Kingdoms rose and fell by the power of saltpeter, sulfur, and charcoal. And the demands of everyday folk for glass and paper and soap stimulated the first round of chemical industrialization. From sulfuric acid to sodium carbonate. From aniline dyes to analgesic drugs. From blasting powder to fertilizers and plastics. In a phrase, From Caveman to Chemist. Your guides on this journey are the four alchemical elements; Fire, Earth, Air and Water. These archetypical characters deliver first-hand accounts of the births of their respective technologies. The spirit of Fire, for example, was born in the first creature to cultivate the flame. This spirit passed from one person to another, from one generation to another, from one millennium to another, arriving at last in the pages of this book. The spirit of Earth taught folks to make tools of stone, the spirit of Air imparted knowledge of units and the spirit of Water began with the invention of spirits. Having traveled the world from age to age, who can say where they will find their next home? Perhaps they will find one in you.

A Million Years in a Day

A Curious History of Everyday Life from the Stone Age to the Phone Age

Author: Greg Jenner

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 125008945X

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 1621

Who invented beds? When did we start cleaning our teeth? How old are wine and beer? Which came first: the toilet seat or toilet paper? What was the first clock? Every day, from the moment our alarm clock wakes us in the morning until our head hits our pillow at night, we all take part in rituals that are millennia old. Structured around one ordinary day, A Million Years in a Day reveals the astonishing origins and development of the daily practices we take for granted. In this gloriously entertaining romp through human history, Greg Jenner explores the gradual—and often unexpected—evolution of our daily routines. This is not a story of wars, politics, or great events. Instead, Jenner has scoured Roman rubbish bins, Egyptian tombs, and Victorian sewers to bring us the most intriguing, surprising, and sometimes downright silly historical nuggets from our past. Drawn from across the world, spanning a million years of humanity, this book is a smorgasbord of historical delights. It is a history of all those things you always wondered about—and many you have never considered. It is the story of your life, one million years in the making.

Scatter, Adapt, and Remember

How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction

Author: Annalee Newitz

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0385535929

Category: Science

Page: 320

View: 3577

In its 4.5 billion–year history, life on Earth has been almost erased at least half a dozen times: shattered by asteroid impacts, entombed in ice, smothered by methane, and torn apart by unfathomably powerful megavolcanoes. And we know that another global disaster is eventually headed our way. Can we survive it? How? As a species, Homo sapiens is at a crossroads. Study of our planet’s turbulent past suggests that we are overdue for a catastrophic disaster, whether caused by nature or by human interference. It’s a frightening prospect, as each of the Earth’s past major disasters—from meteor strikes to bombardment by cosmic radiation—resulted in a mass extinction, where more than 75 percent of the planet’s species died out. But in Scatter, Adapt, and Remember, Annalee Newitz, science journalist and editor of the science Web site io9.com explains that although global disaster is all but inevitable, our chances of long-term species survival are better than ever. Life on Earth has come close to annihilation—humans have, more than once, narrowly avoided extinction just during the last million years—but every single time a few creatures survived, evolving to adapt to the harshest of conditions. This brilliantly speculative work of popular science focuses on humanity’s long history of dodging the bullet, as well as on new threats that we may face in years to come. Most important, it explores how scientific breakthroughs today will help us avoid disasters tomorrow. From simulating tsunamis to studying central Turkey’s ancient underground cities; from cultivating cyanobacteria for “living cities” to designing space elevators to make space colonies cost-effective; from using math to stop pandemics to studying the remarkable survival strategies of gray whales, scientists and researchers the world over are discovering the keys to long-term resilience and learning how humans can choose life over death. Newitz’s remarkable and fascinating journey through the science of mass extinctions is a powerful argument about human ingenuity and our ability to change. In a world populated by doomsday preppers and media commentators obsessively forecasting our demise, Scatter, Adapt, and Remember is a compelling voice of hope. It leads us away from apocalyptic thinking into a future where we live to build a better world—on this planet and perhaps on others. Readers of this book will be equipped scientifically, intellectually, and emotionally to face whatever the future holds.

The Disaster Diaries

One Man's Quest to Learn Everything Necessary to Survive the Apocalypse

Author: Sam Sheridan

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143124501

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 324

View: 1901

Despite an arsenal of survival skills that puts many to shame, when Sam Sheridan became a father he was beset with nightmares about being unable to protect his son. If the power grid went down, how much food and water would you need? If you were forced outside the city limits, could you survive in the wilderness? And let's not even talk about plagues and attacking aliens. The problem is, each scenario requires a different skill set--so Sam decides to gain as many skills as possible.--From publisher description.

Breverton's Phantasmagoria

Author: Terry Breverton

Publisher: Quercus

ISBN: 1623652359

Category: Reference

Page: 384

View: 7294

From dragons and wyverns to vampires, werewolves and mischievous gremlins, pixies and fairies, Breverton's Phantasmagoria is a unique compendium of over 250 mythical animals. Prepare to revisit familiar myths, such as vampires, werewolves and the Loch Ness Monster, the Minotaur and Medusa from Greek legend, and Biblical beasts such as Behemoth and Leviathan. Discover new mysterious animals like the giant serpents of Central America, the lethal Mongolian death worm, and the Ennedi tiger in Africa, and investigate the evidence for sightings of Bigfoot and the reclusive Yeti. Packed with quirky line illustrations and a wealth of weird and wonderful information, Breverton's Phantasmagoria surveys the globe to uncover over 250 imaginary creatures passed down from generation to generation.

The Onion Book of Known Knowledge

A Definitive Encyclopaedia Of Existing Information

Author: The Onion

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 031613323X

Category: Humor

Page: 352

View: 6386

Are you a witless cretin with no reason to live? Would you like to know more about every piece of knowledge ever? Do you have cash? Then congratulations, because just in time for the death of the print industry as we know it comes the final book ever published, and the only one you will ever need: The Onion's compendium of all things known. Replete with an astonishing assemblage of facts, illustrations, maps, charts, threats, blood, and additional fees to edify even the most simple-minded book-buyer, THE ONION BOOK OF KNOWN KNOWLEDGE is packed with valuable information-such as the life stages of an Aunt; places to kill one's self in Utica, New York; and the dimensions of a female bucket, or "pail." With hundreds of entries for all 27 letters of the alphabet, THE ONION BOOK OF KNOWN KNOWLEDGE must be purchased immediately to avoid the sting of eternal ignorance.

Urban Alchemy

Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities

Author: Mindy Thompson Fullilove

Publisher: New Village Press

ISBN: 1613320124

Category: Social Science

Page: 3523

View: 5539

What if divided neighborhoods were causing public health problems? What if a new approach to planning and design could tackle both the built environment and collective well-being at the same time? What if cities could help each other? Dr. Mindy Fullilove, the acclaimed author of Root Shock, uses her unique perspective as a public health psychiatrist to explore ways of healing social and spatial fractures simultaneously. Using the work of French urbanist Michel Cantal-Dupart as a guide, Fullilove takes readers on a tour of successful collaborative interventions that repair cities and make communities whole.

The Survival Chemist: Vital Information for Anyone Who Wishes to Survive and Resist Any Threat to Their Freedom

Author: David A. Howard

Publisher: Desert Publications

ISBN: 9780879470593

Category: Political Science

Page: 59

View: 2483

The survival chemist brings survivalists important information on building and maintaining shelters, leather preservation, the making of explosives such as Dynamite, blasting and percussion powders, gunpowder, nitroglycerin and fuses. Other chapters cover water purification, survival foods, meat preservation, brewing your own beer and liquor, making poison gas, protecting against radiation, the use of drugs, and precious metals testing. 5.5 x 8.5, 59 pages, illus., & softcover.

The World is Blue

How Our Fate and the Ocean's are One

Author: Sylvia A. Earle

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 1426205414

Category: Nature

Page: 303

View: 5810

Traces the oceanic changes that have taken place in the last half-century and why they are posing a global catastrophe, in a cautionary photographic report that conveys the author's impassioned call for responsible and renewable strategies to safeguard the planet's natural systems.

Four Wings and a Prayer

Caught in the Mystery of the Monarch

Author: Sue Halpern

Publisher: Vintage Canada

ISBN: 0307363805

Category: Nature

Page: 224

View: 5222

Monarch butterflies abound in Canada. We marvel at their beauty and the magic of their metamorphosis. Familiar as they are to us, these tiny creatures nevertheless harbour many secrets. Perhaps the deepest mystery is the monarchs' annual migration. Each autumn, they travel unimaginably long distances, something no other butterflies do. How do they know when to migrate? How, unguided by memory, do they navigate to their destination in the heart of the threatened Mexican jungle? Sue Halpern recounts the mesmerizing story of these mysteries, and the race to solve them. She describes the discoveries of Canadian biologist Fred Urquhart and his wife, who first encouraged amateur lepidopterists to tag butterflies. We follow her to Mexico, where she searches for butterflies. She introduces us to Don Davis, an enthusiast who has tagged an estimated 20,000 monarchs since 1985. And though terrified of flying, she takes us on a flight with University of Toronto biologist David Gibo, as they attempt to predict the flight vectors of butterflies. Astonishing, fascinating, Four Wings and a Prayer, like our encounters with these delicate winged creatures, is a rare gem. From the Hardcover edition.

Forces of Nature

Author: Professor Brian Cox,Andrew Cohen

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0008249334

Category: Science

Page: 288

View: 5996

Sunday Times Bestseller How did life on Earth begin? What is the nature of space and time? What are the chances that we will discover life on other worlds?

Ice Forged

Author: Gail Z. Martin

Publisher: Orbit

ISBN: 0316215392

Category: Fiction

Page: 592

View: 9425

Condemned as a murderer for killing the man who dishonored his sister, Blaine "Mick" McFadden has spent the last six years in Velant, a penal colony in the frigid northern wastelands. Harsh military discipline and the oppressive magic keep a fragile peace as colonists struggle against a hostile environment. But the supply ships from Dondareth have stopped coming, boding ill for the kingdom that banished the colonists. Now, as the world's magic runs wild, McFadden and the people of Velant must fight to survive and decide their fate ... From Gail Z. Martin, author of the beloved series THE CHRONICLES OF THE NECROMANCER and THE FALLEN KINGS CYCLE, comes a new fantasy adventure for the ages. Welcome to the end of the world.Welcome to the beginning of THE ASCENDANT KINGDOMS SAGA.

Black Nostradamus Prophecies of America's Future

Author: Lewis Jerome Armstrong

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1449038476

Category: Fiction

Page: 132

View: 6976

BLACK NOSTRADAMUS PROPHECIES OF AMERICA'S FUTURE This is the book every home, school, church, social group, and others should have a copy of. This book shows one hundred and twenty two prophecies of future events that will occur in America. This book will show you twenty-one years, from 2000 to 2021, of good, bad, and grievously bad years that are to affect America, through economic problems, wars, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. It points to a time of judgment that will affect all Americans in the years to come. This book gives you insight into myths, the Holy Bible, and it points to America and its past, present, and future history. This is a much-needed book at this time.

Riddley Walker

Author: Russell Hoban

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408832240

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 2161

‘Walker is my name and I am the same. Riddley Walker. Walking my riddels where ever theyve took me and walking them now on this paper the same. There aint that many sir prizes in life if you take noatis of every thing. Every time will have its happenings out and every place the same. Thats why I finely come to writing all this down. Thinking on what the idear of us myt be. Thinking on that thing whats in us lorn and loan and oansome.’ Composed in an English which has never been spoken and laced with a storytelling tradition that predates the written word, RIDDLEY WALKER is the world waiting for us at the bitter end of the nuclear road. It is desolate, dangerous and harrowing, and a modern masterpiece.

Defending Your Castle

Build Catapults, Crossbows, Moats, Bulletproof Shields, and More Defensive Devices to Fend Off the Invading Hordes

Author: N.A

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1613746857

Category: Science

Page: 176

View: 3118

A man’s home is his castle, or so the saying goes, but could it withstand an attack by Attila and the Huns, Ragnar and the Vikings, Alexander and the Greeks, Genghis Khan and the Mongols, or Tamerlane and the Tartars? Backyard Ballistics author William Gurstelle poses this fascinating question to modern-day garage warriors and shows them how to build an arsenal of ancient artillery and fortifications aimed at withstanding these invading hordes. Each chapter introduces a new bad actor in the history of warfare, details his conquests, and features weapons and fortifications to defend against him and his minions. Clear step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and photographs show how to build a dozen projects, including “Da Vinci’s Catapult,” “Carpini’s Crossbow,” a “Crusader-Proof Moat,” “Alexander’s Tortoise,” and the “Cheval-de-frise.” With a strong emphasis on safety, the book also gives tips on troubleshooting, explains the physics behind many of the projects, and shows where to buy the materials. By the time they’ve reached the last page, at-home defenders everywhere will have succeeded in creating a fully fortified home.