How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveller

How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveller

"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? H "How to Invent Everything is such a cool book. It's essential reading for anyone who needs to duplicate an indust...

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Title:How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveller
Author:Ryan North
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How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveller Reviews

  • Matt
    Nov 26, 2018
    Fascinating. I'm a dedicated Ryan North superfan so of course this book shot up to the top of my to-read list ... and I was not disappointed. It's funny and incredibly informative. I have to admit that even with the clear explanations I still found some of the topics daunting and am v...
  • Steven
    Oct 14, 2018
    Amazing Hilarious Informative This book deserves to be read in schools for the broad spectrum of information it doles out with humor & insight. It may be a fictional conceit/platform, but this book is great at teaching how history, technology, & society all interwea...
  • Steve
    Sep 26, 2018
    Disclaimer: I received this book from GoodReads as part of the First Reads program. This book is a total delight to read. That's all you need to know, but I'll go into some more detail. The book is a work of history, a work of science, a work of technology and a work of humor, a...
  • James
    Dec 12, 2018
    Fantastic! David Macaulay meets Hitchhiker's Guide. This book manages to clearly, simply, and systematically lay out the bases for just about every area of the physical and intellectual technology needed to create a civilization - medicine to farming to computers - and do it in a snar...
  • Linda
    Nov 28, 2018
    How to Invent Everything is a delightfully useful book. One could read it straight through, as I just did, and be amused by the Douglas Adams-like world of bureaucracy Ryan North spins around the FC3000? Time Machine and its company's refusal to accept any legal liability for strandi...
  • Meg C
    Oct 28, 2018
    Would you like to: ? Domesticate wolves in as little as 18 years? ? Play the Tetris theme on instruments you made yourself? ? Create a calorie surplus, therefore creating the opportunity of having a person or persons whose sole job is to put shoes on horses? Well, have I go...
  • Terry
    Oct 28, 2018
    Other books strive to give someone an enchiridion to rebuild after a disaster or if stranded on a desert island but few approach the task with such emphasis on the basics as well as the humor as this one does. The book starts with a very low base, like how to invent non-sucky numbers, ...
  • Kristen Thorp
    Nov 30, 2018
    Learning and laughing = winning combo. North is the king of footnotes. ...
  • Jules Bertaut
    Dec 06, 2018
    This book was a bit disappointing. It's got a kinda funny premise: it's all the technology needed to recreate the modern world, in case you're a time traveler and get stuck back in the past. It's probably the sort of thing that either you like it or you think it's super annoying, but I...
  • Billie
    Sep 22, 2018
    If you ever need to rebuild civilization from the ground up, make sure you have Ryan North with you. If kidnapping is not your thing, then at least make sure you have this book. I wouldn't recommend taking the audio though, because if the power to your portable (music) listening device...
  • Stephanie
    Nov 08, 2018
    An Entertaining Enterprise: HOW TO INVENT EVERYTHING http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... This is what you need to reinvent civilization and technology if your time machine strands you in the past. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration wa...
  • Adam
    Oct 30, 2018
    The premise: you traveled back in time, but now your time machine is broken. This book is the instruction manual to repair your time machine, but it turns out that repairing it is so complicated, it was deemed easier to teach you how to rebuild civilization from the ground up. First...
  • Margaret Sankey
    Oct 01, 2018
    This is a fun book which tracks closely with how I used to teach World History--let's domesticate some animals! Here's what you can do once you've got printing as a reliable technology! North lays out the prerequisites for humanity's most useful leaps and explains how to achieve them u...
  • Brian Clegg
    Sep 27, 2018
    Occasionally you read a book and think 'I wish I'd thought of that.' This was my immediate reaction to Ryan North's How to Invent Everything. The central conceit manages to be both funny and inspiring as a framework for writing an 'everything you ever wanted to know about everything (a...
  • Peter Tillman
    Oct 02, 2018
    This is an outline of the history of technology, presented as a manual for stranded time-travelers who had rented the FC-3000 time machine. It starts cute: ?REPAIR GUIDE: There are no user-serviceable parts inside the FC-3000.? Oops. I think Arthur C. Clarke once remarked that t...
  • Cale
    Oct 02, 2018
    This book is extremely useful even if you're not a time-traveller stuck in the past. Ryan North manages to provide the fundamentals of civilization in a readable, entertaining manner. I never realized how much of civilization's advancements is stretched out over millennia for NO GOOD R...
  • Charles
    Nov 22, 2018
    I enjoyed this book, a somewhat smug but informative trip through the technologies that create and enhance civilization. It even has a clever frame?what would you do if you were stuck in the past due to a time machine failure? (You must end up in a past where there were other humans ...
  • Tanner
    Nov 28, 2018
    If you've ever played Civ and thought, gosh, it would really be quite interesting enough if it was just the technology tree, this is the book for you. Pretty funny too, if a little more repetitive than when North gets to play with characters. ...
  • Jeremy
    Dec 06, 2018
    I found the book to be quite enjoyable. It was a fun read, full of interesting facts and a lot of wit. Of course, this isn?t a book that will change your life, but it did give me more appreciation for things in our world we take for granted. The writing itself is great, and the small...
  • Diane Hernandez
    Sep 13, 2018
    How to Invent Everything is ?a complete cheat sheet to civilization?. You?re welcome. Beginning with hilarious FAQs about your new state-of-the-art FC3000 rental market time machine, the book then explains how to invent everything and restart civilization in case the machine b...
  • Aleksandar Karamfilov
    Nov 08, 2018
    Amazing book! If you need to read only one book to understand the world and the history of human kind this will be it. ...
  • Ryan North
    Jul 10, 2018
    I wrote it! But I think it's the best thing I've ever written, so great work, past me. In all seriousness though, it was a lot of fun to research and write, and if reading it is anything close to as entertaining and educational as writing it was, I think you'll have a great time wi...
  • Katie
    Sep 13, 2018
    3.5 stars -- I docked points for the entire bread/beer section, which referred to yeast as animals (????) -- they are fungi! (This is not a one-off either; there is an entire joke about this??) Except for that one glaring error, I really enjoyed this book, its tone, and its humor. The ...
  • Matt
    Oct 31, 2018
    I received this book as part of a First Reads promotion. First off, I really enjoyed this book. Very much a tongue-in-cheek look at what it would take if you were ever stranded in the distant past, this book mainly points out how incredibly long it took to discover (or rediscover) m...
  • Ric
    Nov 29, 2018
    When reading this, I couldn?t help but think of What If? by Randall Munroe, because it?s a similar kind of book except it?s written in a very different way and it?s way more practical. Instead of answering hypothetical questions, it was a guidebook for someone who wants to rest...
  • Daniel
    Nov 20, 2018
    One major reason you might check this book out is that you've enjoyed one or more of Ryan North's other writing projects. If that's the case, I can only imagine that your expectations are calibrated correctly to really enjoy this book alongside his other work. This is, in a way, one...
  • Clare Hutchinson
    Oct 21, 2018
    This has a really fun premise - a guidebook on reinventing elements of modern civilization for a stranded time-traveller that does an entertaining job of explaining the basics of technology and historical progression. I learned a lot! I played along with a suspension of disbelief at fi...
  • Christina
    Dec 11, 2018
    Specialization gives the people in your civilization the opportunity to go further in any direction of study than any other human has gone before. It unlocks doctors who can devote their entire lives to curing disease, librarians who can devote their entire lives to ensuring the accum...
  • Herman Wu
    Oct 07, 2018
    This guide should be required reading for not only time travelers but world-hoppers too. Steampunk Narnia yo. Ryan North did super good. The book is densely packed with a lot of diverse information, yet an engaging and easy read. And the little tidbits from the future were great (es...
  • Stuart Fraser
    Nov 12, 2018
    As someone who has previously devoured everything by Ryan North I could get my hands on, I was thrilled by this informative and pun-filled book. North suffuses all of his work with the kindness of a nerdy dad whose jokes are never offensive and whose sense of optimism is buoyed by how ...