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How to invent everything : a survival guide for the stranded time… (edição 2018)

por Ryan North

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An NPR Best Book of 2018 "How to Invent Everything is such a cool book. It's essential reading for anyone who needs to duplicate an industrial civilization quickly." --Randall Munroe, xkcd creator and New York Times-bestselling author of What If? The only book you need if you're going back in time What would you do if a time machine hurled you thousands of years into the past. . . and then broke? How would you survive? Could you improve on humanity's original timeline? And how hard would it be to domesticate a giant wombat? With this book as your guide, you'll survive--and thrive--in any period in Earth's history. Bestselling author and time-travel enthusiast Ryan North shows you how to invent all the modern conveniences we take for granted--from first principles. This illustrated manual contains all the science, engineering, art, philosophy, facts, and figures required for even the most clueless time traveler to build a civilization from the ground up. Deeply researched, irreverent, and significantly more fun than being eaten by a saber-toothed tiger, How to Invent Everything will make you smarter, more competent, and completely prepared to become the most important and influential person ever. You're about to make history. . . better.… (mais)
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Título:How to invent everything : a survival guide for the stranded time traveller
Autores:Ryan North
Informação:London : Virgin Digital, 2018.
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Etiquetas:to-read, nonfiction, history, science-math

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Too poorly organized and specific to be useful to stranded time travelers and too boring and specific to be useful to us time-constant plebs. Makes for a lengthy and boring read leaving you questioning your life choices.

Most of this book consists of instructions on how to build/make certain important inventions including glass, furnaces, various farming tools, generators, etc. Useful things, assuming you're stranded in the time after humans evolve but before the innovation of agriculture. A very large chunk of time, granted, but I'm sort of wondering why you would be then of all times, postdating dinosaurs and predating literally every historical figure. (If you are stranded during dinosaur time, the book informs you, you're going to die very quickly. And if you're stranded during any time in human's civilization period, well little mention is made. Improvise I guess?)

The downside of trying to include all this necessary information (how to make penicillin, boil water, smelt (and find) metal) in under 500 pages is that Ryan North doesn't provide even remotely enough information to actually (re)create these inventions but far too much for non-time travelers to find it interesting.

I had high hopes for this book given how innovative it is and how much I generally love Ryan North's work. He didn't fully commit to his premise, nor did he commit to readability, making it a chore to slog through this book. ( )
  astronomist | Oct 3, 2021 |
My review of this book can be found on my Youtube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/KIcB_8oOUGk

Enjoy!
  booklover3258 | Jan 23, 2021 |
How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveller by Ryan North was a good read. Be warned this isn't a straight-through novel but more like an encyclopedia focused on what you need to rebuild civilization. Regardless, it is fascinating and a must have for any how-to geek. ( )
  Jerry.Yoakum | Jan 18, 2021 |
One part genuinely useful guide and one part humor, North (of "Dinosaur Comics" fame) presents a guide to reinvent lots of key elements of human life, everything from charcoal (surprisingly fundamental!) to hydroelectric power. It's pretty accessible and doesn't get bogged down in details, so if you ever actually find yourself trying to rebuild civilization from scratch with the help of this book, you may find yourself doing a lot of trial and error. But this brevity helps keep the book readable and entertaining — as does the steady stream of jokes. Even people who skim past the more technical discussions of plants and chemicals will likely come away entertained. ( )
  dhmontgomery | Dec 13, 2020 |
Highly amusing and informative! However, it's not really a book you'd want to sit down and read straight through; you're really probably better off picking it up from time to time and skipping around. ( )
  saltmanz | Nov 10, 2020 |
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An NPR Best Book of 2018 "How to Invent Everything is such a cool book. It's essential reading for anyone who needs to duplicate an industrial civilization quickly." --Randall Munroe, xkcd creator and New York Times-bestselling author of What If? The only book you need if you're going back in time What would you do if a time machine hurled you thousands of years into the past. . . and then broke? How would you survive? Could you improve on humanity's original timeline? And how hard would it be to domesticate a giant wombat? With this book as your guide, you'll survive--and thrive--in any period in Earth's history. Bestselling author and time-travel enthusiast Ryan North shows you how to invent all the modern conveniences we take for granted--from first principles. This illustrated manual contains all the science, engineering, art, philosophy, facts, and figures required for even the most clueless time traveler to build a civilization from the ground up. Deeply researched, irreverent, and significantly more fun than being eaten by a saber-toothed tiger, How to Invent Everything will make you smarter, more competent, and completely prepared to become the most important and influential person ever. You're about to make history. . . better.

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