How to Invent Everything

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Get ready to make history… better.

What would you do if you had a time machine that took you hundreds or thousands of years into the past… and then broke? How would you survive? Could you rebuild civilization faster than it took us the first time? And how hard would it be to domesticate a giant wombat?

In How to Invent Everything, bestselling author and time-travel enthusiast Ryan North answers all these questions so you don’t have to. This guide contains all the science, engineering, mathematics, art, music, philosophy, facts, and figures required for even the most clueless stranded time traveler to build a civilization from the ground up. It will be one in which humanity matured quickly and efficiently, instead of spending 200,000 years stumbling around in the dark without language, not knowing that tying a rock to a string would unlock navigating the entire world, and thinking disease was caused by weird smells.

Both fascinating and hilarious, How To Invent Everything is a deeply researched history of the key technologies that made each stage of human civilization possible (from writing and farming to buttons and birth control), but it’s as entertaining as a good time-travel novel. It’s a perfect read for fans of Randall Munroe’s What If? and Thing Explainer, zombie apocalypse survivors, web comic lovers and wannabe time travellers everywhere.

Author: Ryan North


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