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Astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell of the UK Space Agency presents an imaginative, engrossing and useful “thought experiment” exploring how people could rebuild society after its destruction. Assuming you’ll never have to use it, Dartnell’s fascinating compendium may still provoke your sense of wonder as you see how every item you wear, use or eat in daily life involves so much history and genius. If preparing for the worst is your avocation, this compendium offers an outline of everything you need to worry about and prepare for long-range. Given that Dartnell can cover only the iceberg tips, he zips through lots of material very fast. He explains so quickly what reviving some technologies will demand that unless you’re already familiar with them, you’ll hope that a supplemental manual might also survive this imaginary cataclysm. getAbstract recommends this work to those interested in history, technology, science fiction or survivalism.
About the Author
Lewis Dartnell, PhD, is a science writer and an astrobiologist. He is a professor of science communication at the University of Westminster. He has written many articles and the book Life in the Universe.