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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Number of Pages:464 pages pages

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

  • Meg C
    Oct 28, 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Ok, I?m just going to come out and say this is the coolest book ever invented. Emphasis on the ?invention? part because that?s what Ryan North?s ?How to Invent Everything? is all about. Ever wonder how to make your own chemicals? (hint:in most cases don?t). Your o...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    I picked this book off of NPR's best books of 2018 list and because I like reading science. The book makes it clear that science and technology matter. We humans as a species have advanced leaps and bounds beyond our natural state. So much of what we take for granted -- from spinning t...

    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...

  • Libby
    Jan 03, 2019

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Ok, I?m just going to come out and say this is the coolest book ever invented. Emphasis on the ?invention? part because that?s what Ryan North?s ?How to Invent Everything? is all about. Ever wonder how to make your own chemicals? (hint:in most cases don?t). Your o...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    I picked this book off of NPR's best books of 2018 list and because I like reading science. The book makes it clear that science and technology matter. We humans as a species have advanced leaps and bounds beyond our natural state. So much of what we take for granted -- from spinning t...

    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...

    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...

    Had a lot of fun with this book. Sort of a ?Hitchhiker?s guide to the galaxy? meets ?Sapiens? :) ...

    ?????? ??? ? ????? ? ??????? - ??? ???????? ??? ?? ?????. ??? ???? ????????? ??????????. ?????????? ????? ???????? ???????????, ??? ??????? ? ????? ??? "????",...

    I've been looking for a book like this for ages now. I've always had this weird thought: "What if for some reason one day I go back in time?" and my conclusion was that even though I know a lot of things exist I have no idea on how to reinvent them myself. This book told me exactly wha...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The amount of effort it must have taken Ryan North to research and organize this book is staggering. North presents a (very simplified) overview of most of the basic technologies of civilization and how one might go about recreating them (the cute premise of the book is that it is a su...

    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...

    Pleased as punch to now have so many things named after me, thanks to having this guide to inventing them in the past and having used this book to repair my time machine by thwapping it soundly upside the processor. The only sad thing is that I never learned how to invent flutes, but h...

  • Kristen Thorp
    Nov 30, 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Ok, I?m just going to come out and say this is the coolest book ever invented. Emphasis on the ?invention? part because that?s what Ryan North?s ?How to Invent Everything? is all about. Ever wonder how to make your own chemicals? (hint:in most cases don?t). Your o...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    I picked this book off of NPR's best books of 2018 list and because I like reading science. The book makes it clear that science and technology matter. We humans as a species have advanced leaps and bounds beyond our natural state. So much of what we take for granted -- from spinning t...

    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...

    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...

    Had a lot of fun with this book. Sort of a ?Hitchhiker?s guide to the galaxy? meets ?Sapiens? :) ...

    ?????? ??? ? ????? ? ??????? - ??? ???????? ??? ?? ?????. ??? ???? ????????? ??????????. ?????????? ????? ???????? ???????????, ??? ??????? ? ????? ??? "????",...

    I've been looking for a book like this for ages now. I've always had this weird thought: "What if for some reason one day I go back in time?" and my conclusion was that even though I know a lot of things exist I have no idea on how to reinvent them myself. This book told me exactly wha...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The amount of effort it must have taken Ryan North to research and organize this book is staggering. North presents a (very simplified) overview of most of the basic technologies of civilization and how one might go about recreating them (the cute premise of the book is that it is a su...

    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...

    Pleased as punch to now have so many things named after me, thanks to having this guide to inventing them in the past and having used this book to repair my time machine by thwapping it soundly upside the processor. The only sad thing is that I never learned how to invent flutes, but h...

    I love this book. It is basically an outline of human inventions from the beginning to the early 50s ish. Told as a troubleshooting guide for misplaced Time Travelers, But it is told with a smile and wink and has a ton of tidbits and trivia that I thoroughly enjoy. It is at its hea...

    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...

    A helpful primer on how to invent everything! I found the progression interesting, along with the prerequisites found in the "technology tree". Most fascinating was how long it took humanity to discover or develop some abilities or technologies, and how often skills and knowledge...

    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. ...

    Learn a little, laugh a little. ...

    Learning and laughing = winning combo. North is the king of footnotes. ...

  • Leo Walsh
    Jan 26, 2019

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Ok, I?m just going to come out and say this is the coolest book ever invented. Emphasis on the ?invention? part because that?s what Ryan North?s ?How to Invent Everything? is all about. Ever wonder how to make your own chemicals? (hint:in most cases don?t). Your o...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    I picked this book off of NPR's best books of 2018 list and because I like reading science. The book makes it clear that science and technology matter. We humans as a species have advanced leaps and bounds beyond our natural state. So much of what we take for granted -- from spinning t...

  • Stephanie
    Nov 08, 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Ok, I?m just going to come out and say this is the coolest book ever invented. Emphasis on the ?invention? part because that?s what Ryan North?s ?How to Invent Everything? is all about. Ever wonder how to make your own chemicals? (hint:in most cases don?t). Your o...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    I picked this book off of NPR's best books of 2018 list and because I like reading science. The book makes it clear that science and technology matter. We humans as a species have advanced leaps and bounds beyond our natural state. So much of what we take for granted -- from spinning t...

    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...

    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...

    Had a lot of fun with this book. Sort of a ?Hitchhiker?s guide to the galaxy? meets ?Sapiens? :) ...

    ?????? ??? ? ????? ? ??????? - ??? ???????? ??? ?? ?????. ??? ???? ????????? ??????????. ?????????? ????? ???????? ???????????, ??? ??????? ? ????? ??? "????",...

    I've been looking for a book like this for ages now. I've always had this weird thought: "What if for some reason one day I go back in time?" and my conclusion was that even though I know a lot of things exist I have no idea on how to reinvent them myself. This book told me exactly wha...

    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...

    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...

  • Daniel
    Dec 27, 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Ok, I?m just going to come out and say this is the coolest book ever invented. Emphasis on the ?invention? part because that?s what Ryan North?s ?How to Invent Everything? is all about. Ever wonder how to make your own chemicals? (hint:in most cases don?t). Your o...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    I picked this book off of NPR's best books of 2018 list and because I like reading science. The book makes it clear that science and technology matter. We humans as a species have advanced leaps and bounds beyond our natural state. So much of what we take for granted -- from spinning t...

    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...

    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...

    Had a lot of fun with this book. Sort of a ?Hitchhiker?s guide to the galaxy? meets ?Sapiens? :) ...

    ?????? ??? ? ????? ? ??????? - ??? ???????? ??? ?? ?????. ??? ???? ????????? ??????????. ?????????? ????? ???????? ???????????, ??? ??????? ? ????? ??? "????",...

    I've been looking for a book like this for ages now. I've always had this weird thought: "What if for some reason one day I go back in time?" and my conclusion was that even though I know a lot of things exist I have no idea on how to reinvent them myself. This book told me exactly wha...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The amount of effort it must have taken Ryan North to research and organize this book is staggering. North presents a (very simplified) overview of most of the basic technologies of civilization and how one might go about recreating them (the cute premise of the book is that it is a su...

    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...

    Pleased as punch to now have so many things named after me, thanks to having this guide to inventing them in the past and having used this book to repair my time machine by thwapping it soundly upside the processor. The only sad thing is that I never learned how to invent flutes, but h...

    I love this book. It is basically an outline of human inventions from the beginning to the early 50s ish. Told as a troubleshooting guide for misplaced Time Travelers, But it is told with a smile and wink and has a ton of tidbits and trivia that I thoroughly enjoy. It is at its hea...

  • Andy Seroff
    Apr 20, 2019

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Ok, I?m just going to come out and say this is the coolest book ever invented. Emphasis on the ?invention? part because that?s what Ryan North?s ?How to Invent Everything? is all about. Ever wonder how to make your own chemicals? (hint:in most cases don?t). Your o...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    I picked this book off of NPR's best books of 2018 list and because I like reading science. The book makes it clear that science and technology matter. We humans as a species have advanced leaps and bounds beyond our natural state. So much of what we take for granted -- from spinning t...

    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...

    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...

    Had a lot of fun with this book. Sort of a ?Hitchhiker?s guide to the galaxy? meets ?Sapiens? :) ...

    ?????? ??? ? ????? ? ??????? - ??? ???????? ??? ?? ?????. ??? ???? ????????? ??????????. ?????????? ????? ???????? ???????????, ??? ??????? ? ????? ??? "????",...

    I've been looking for a book like this for ages now. I've always had this weird thought: "What if for some reason one day I go back in time?" and my conclusion was that even though I know a lot of things exist I have no idea on how to reinvent them myself. This book told me exactly wha...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The amount of effort it must have taken Ryan North to research and organize this book is staggering. North presents a (very simplified) overview of most of the basic technologies of civilization and how one might go about recreating them (the cute premise of the book is that it is a su...

    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...

    Pleased as punch to now have so many things named after me, thanks to having this guide to inventing them in the past and having used this book to repair my time machine by thwapping it soundly upside the processor. The only sad thing is that I never learned how to invent flutes, but h...

    I love this book. It is basically an outline of human inventions from the beginning to the early 50s ish. Told as a troubleshooting guide for misplaced Time Travelers, But it is told with a smile and wink and has a ton of tidbits and trivia that I thoroughly enjoy. It is at its hea...

    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...

    A helpful primer on how to invent everything! I found the progression interesting, along with the prerequisites found in the "technology tree". Most fascinating was how long it took humanity to discover or develop some abilities or technologies, and how often skills and knowledge...

    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. ...

    Learn a little, laugh a little. ...

  • Margaret Sankey
    Oct 01, 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Ok, I?m just going to come out and say this is the coolest book ever invented. Emphasis on the ?invention? part because that?s what Ryan North?s ?How to Invent Everything? is all about. Ever wonder how to make your own chemicals? (hint:in most cases don?t). Your o...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Gary B
    Jan 14, 2019

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Ok, I?m just going to come out and say this is the coolest book ever invented. Emphasis on the ?invention? part because that?s what Ryan North?s ?How to Invent Everything? is all about. Ever wonder how to make your own chemicals? (hint:in most cases don?t). Your o...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    I picked this book off of NPR's best books of 2018 list and because I like reading science. The book makes it clear that science and technology matter. We humans as a species have advanced leaps and bounds beyond our natural state. So much of what we take for granted -- from spinning t...

    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...

    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...

    Had a lot of fun with this book. Sort of a ?Hitchhiker?s guide to the galaxy? meets ?Sapiens? :) ...

    ?????? ??? ? ????? ? ??????? - ??? ???????? ??? ?? ?????. ??? ???? ????????? ??????????. ?????????? ????? ???????? ???????????, ??? ??????? ? ????? ??? "????",...

    I've been looking for a book like this for ages now. I've always had this weird thought: "What if for some reason one day I go back in time?" and my conclusion was that even though I know a lot of things exist I have no idea on how to reinvent them myself. This book told me exactly wha...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The amount of effort it must have taken Ryan North to research and organize this book is staggering. North presents a (very simplified) overview of most of the basic technologies of civilization and how one might go about recreating them (the cute premise of the book is that it is a su...

    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...

    Pleased as punch to now have so many things named after me, thanks to having this guide to inventing them in the past and having used this book to repair my time machine by thwapping it soundly upside the processor. The only sad thing is that I never learned how to invent flutes, but h...

    I love this book. It is basically an outline of human inventions from the beginning to the early 50s ish. Told as a troubleshooting guide for misplaced Time Travelers, But it is told with a smile and wink and has a ton of tidbits and trivia that I thoroughly enjoy. It is at its hea...

    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...

    A helpful primer on how to invent everything! I found the progression interesting, along with the prerequisites found in the "technology tree". Most fascinating was how long it took humanity to discover or develop some abilities or technologies, and how often skills and knowledge...

  • Brian Clegg
    Sep 27, 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Ok, I?m just going to come out and say this is the coolest book ever invented. Emphasis on the ?invention? part because that?s what Ryan North?s ?How to Invent Everything? is all about. Ever wonder how to make your own chemicals? (hint:in most cases don?t). Your o...

    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...

  • Joe Silber
    Feb 06, 2019

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Ok, I?m just going to come out and say this is the coolest book ever invented. Emphasis on the ?invention? part because that?s what Ryan North?s ?How to Invent Everything? is all about. Ever wonder how to make your own chemicals? (hint:in most cases don?t). Your o...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    I picked this book off of NPR's best books of 2018 list and because I like reading science. The book makes it clear that science and technology matter. We humans as a species have advanced leaps and bounds beyond our natural state. So much of what we take for granted -- from spinning t...

    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...

    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...

    Had a lot of fun with this book. Sort of a ?Hitchhiker?s guide to the galaxy? meets ?Sapiens? :) ...

    ?????? ??? ? ????? ? ??????? - ??? ???????? ??? ?? ?????. ??? ???? ????????? ??????????. ?????????? ????? ???????? ???????????, ??? ??????? ? ????? ??? "????",...

    I've been looking for a book like this for ages now. I've always had this weird thought: "What if for some reason one day I go back in time?" and my conclusion was that even though I know a lot of things exist I have no idea on how to reinvent them myself. This book told me exactly wha...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The amount of effort it must have taken Ryan North to research and organize this book is staggering. North presents a (very simplified) overview of most of the basic technologies of civilization and how one might go about recreating them (the cute premise of the book is that it is a su...

  • Peter Tillman
    Oct 02, 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Charles
    Nov 22, 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Ok, I?m just going to come out and say this is the coolest book ever invented. Emphasis on the ?invention? part because that?s what Ryan North?s ?How to Invent Everything? is all about. Ever wonder how to make your own chemicals? (hint:in most cases don?t). Your o...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Ok, I?m just going to come out and say this is the coolest book ever invented. Emphasis on the ?invention? part because that?s what Ryan North?s ?How to Invent Everything? is all about. Ever wonder how to make your own chemicals? (hint:in most cases don?t). Your o...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    I picked this book off of NPR's best books of 2018 list and because I like reading science. The book makes it clear that science and technology matter. We humans as a species have advanced leaps and bounds beyond our natural state. So much of what we take for granted -- from spinning t...

    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...

    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...

    Had a lot of fun with this book. Sort of a ?Hitchhiker?s guide to the galaxy? meets ?Sapiens? :) ...

    ?????? ??? ? ????? ? ??????? - ??? ???????? ??? ?? ?????. ??? ???? ????????? ??????????. ?????????? ????? ???????? ???????????, ??? ??????? ? ????? ??? "????",...

    I've been looking for a book like this for ages now. I've always had this weird thought: "What if for some reason one day I go back in time?" and my conclusion was that even though I know a lot of things exist I have no idea on how to reinvent them myself. This book told me exactly wha...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The amount of effort it must have taken Ryan North to research and organize this book is staggering. North presents a (very simplified) overview of most of the basic technologies of civilization and how one might go about recreating them (the cute premise of the book is that it is a su...

    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...

    Pleased as punch to now have so many things named after me, thanks to having this guide to inventing them in the past and having used this book to repair my time machine by thwapping it soundly upside the processor. The only sad thing is that I never learned how to invent flutes, but h...

    I love this book. It is basically an outline of human inventions from the beginning to the early 50s ish. Told as a troubleshooting guide for misplaced Time Travelers, But it is told with a smile and wink and has a ton of tidbits and trivia that I thoroughly enjoy. It is at its hea...

    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...

    A helpful primer on how to invent everything! I found the progression interesting, along with the prerequisites found in the "technology tree". Most fascinating was how long it took humanity to discover or develop some abilities or technologies, and how often skills and knowledge...

    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. ...

  • Denis Vasilev
    Jan 15, 2019

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Ok, I?m just going to come out and say this is the coolest book ever invented. Emphasis on the ?invention? part because that?s what Ryan North?s ?How to Invent Everything? is all about. Ever wonder how to make your own chemicals? (hint:in most cases don?t). Your o...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    I picked this book off of NPR's best books of 2018 list and because I like reading science. The book makes it clear that science and technology matter. We humans as a species have advanced leaps and bounds beyond our natural state. So much of what we take for granted -- from spinning t...

    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...

    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...

    Had a lot of fun with this book. Sort of a ?Hitchhiker?s guide to the galaxy? meets ?Sapiens? :) ...

    ?????? ??? ? ????? ? ??????? - ??? ???????? ??? ?? ?????. ??? ???? ????????? ??????????. ?????????? ????? ???????? ???????????, ??? ??????? ? ????? ??? "????",...

  • Jeremy
    Dec 06, 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Ok, I?m just going to come out and say this is the coolest book ever invented. Emphasis on the ?invention? part because that?s what Ryan North?s ?How to Invent Everything? is all about. Ever wonder how to make your own chemicals? (hint:in most cases don?t). Your o...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    I picked this book off of NPR's best books of 2018 list and because I like reading science. The book makes it clear that science and technology matter. We humans as a species have advanced leaps and bounds beyond our natural state. So much of what we take for granted -- from spinning t...

    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...

    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...

    Had a lot of fun with this book. Sort of a ?Hitchhiker?s guide to the galaxy? meets ?Sapiens? :) ...

    ?????? ??? ? ????? ? ??????? - ??? ???????? ??? ?? ?????. ??? ???? ????????? ??????????. ?????????? ????? ???????? ???????????, ??? ??????? ? ????? ??? "????",...

    I've been looking for a book like this for ages now. I've always had this weird thought: "What if for some reason one day I go back in time?" and my conclusion was that even though I know a lot of things exist I have no idea on how to reinvent them myself. This book told me exactly wha...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The amount of effort it must have taken Ryan North to research and organize this book is staggering. North presents a (very simplified) overview of most of the basic technologies of civilization and how one might go about recreating them (the cute premise of the book is that it is a su...

    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...

    Pleased as punch to now have so many things named after me, thanks to having this guide to inventing them in the past and having used this book to repair my time machine by thwapping it soundly upside the processor. The only sad thing is that I never learned how to invent flutes, but h...

    I love this book. It is basically an outline of human inventions from the beginning to the early 50s ish. Told as a troubleshooting guide for misplaced Time Travelers, But it is told with a smile and wink and has a ton of tidbits and trivia that I thoroughly enjoy. It is at its hea...

    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...

  • Diego Martins
    Jan 16, 2019

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Ok, I?m just going to come out and say this is the coolest book ever invented. Emphasis on the ?invention? part because that?s what Ryan North?s ?How to Invent Everything? is all about. Ever wonder how to make your own chemicals? (hint:in most cases don?t). Your o...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    I picked this book off of NPR's best books of 2018 list and because I like reading science. The book makes it clear that science and technology matter. We humans as a species have advanced leaps and bounds beyond our natural state. So much of what we take for granted -- from spinning t...

    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...

    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...

    Had a lot of fun with this book. Sort of a ?Hitchhiker?s guide to the galaxy? meets ?Sapiens? :) ...

    ?????? ??? ? ????? ? ??????? - ??? ???????? ??? ?? ?????. ??? ???? ????????? ??????????. ?????????? ????? ???????? ???????????, ??? ??????? ? ????? ??? "????",...

    I've been looking for a book like this for ages now. I've always had this weird thought: "What if for some reason one day I go back in time?" and my conclusion was that even though I know a lot of things exist I have no idea on how to reinvent them myself. This book told me exactly wha...

  • Diane Hernandez
    Sep 13, 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...

    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 ...

    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

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Ok, I?m just going to come out and say this is the coolest book ever invented. Emphasis on the ?invention? part because that?s what Ryan North?s ?How to Invent Everything? is all about. Ever wonder how to make your own chemicals? (hint:in most cases don?t). Your o...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    I picked this book off of NPR's best books of 2018 list and because I like reading science. The book makes it clear that science and technology matter. We humans as a species have advanced leaps and bounds beyond our natural state. So much of what we take for granted -- from spinning t...

    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...

    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...

    Had a lot of fun with this book. Sort of a ?Hitchhiker?s guide to the galaxy? meets ?Sapiens? :) ...

    ?????? ??? ? ????? ? ??????? - ??? ???????? ??? ?? ?????. ??? ???? ????????? ??????????. ?????????? ????? ???????? ???????????, ??? ??????? ? ????? ??? "????",...

    I've been looking for a book like this for ages now. I've always had this weird thought: "What if for some reason one day I go back in time?" and my conclusion was that even though I know a lot of things exist I have no idea on how to reinvent them myself. This book told me exactly wha...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The amount of effort it must have taken Ryan North to research and organize this book is staggering. North presents a (very simplified) overview of most of the basic technologies of civilization and how one might go about recreating them (the cute premise of the book is that it is a su...

    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...

    Pleased as punch to now have so many things named after me, thanks to having this guide to inventing them in the past and having used this book to repair my time machine by thwapping it soundly upside the processor. The only sad thing is that I never learned how to invent flutes, but h...

    I love this book. It is basically an outline of human inventions from the beginning to the early 50s ish. Told as a troubleshooting guide for misplaced Time Travelers, But it is told with a smile and wink and has a ton of tidbits and trivia that I thoroughly enjoy. It is at its hea...

    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...

    A helpful primer on how to invent everything! I found the progression interesting, along with the prerequisites found in the "technology tree". Most fascinating was how long it took humanity to discover or develop some abilities or technologies, and how often skills and knowledge...

    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. ...

    Learn a little, laugh a little. ...

    Learning and laughing = winning combo. North is the king of footnotes. ...

    Amazing book! If you need to read only one book to understand the world and the history of human kind this will be it. ...

  • Chad Hurd
    Jan 05, 2019

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Ok, I?m just going to come out and say this is the coolest book ever invented. Emphasis on the ?invention? part because that?s what Ryan North?s ?How to Invent Everything? is all about. Ever wonder how to make your own chemicals? (hint:in most cases don?t). Your o...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    I picked this book off of NPR's best books of 2018 list and because I like reading science. The book makes it clear that science and technology matter. We humans as a species have advanced leaps and bounds beyond our natural state. So much of what we take for granted -- from spinning t...

    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...

    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...

    Had a lot of fun with this book. Sort of a ?Hitchhiker?s guide to the galaxy? meets ?Sapiens? :) ...

    ?????? ??? ? ????? ? ??????? - ??? ???????? ??? ?? ?????. ??? ???? ????????? ??????????. ?????????? ????? ???????? ???????????, ??? ??????? ? ????? ??? "????",...

    I've been looking for a book like this for ages now. I've always had this weird thought: "What if for some reason one day I go back in time?" and my conclusion was that even though I know a lot of things exist I have no idea on how to reinvent them myself. This book told me exactly wha...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The amount of effort it must have taken Ryan North to research and organize this book is staggering. North presents a (very simplified) overview of most of the basic technologies of civilization and how one might go about recreating them (the cute premise of the book is that it is a su...

    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...

    Pleased as punch to now have so many things named after me, thanks to having this guide to inventing them in the past and having used this book to repair my time machine by thwapping it soundly upside the processor. The only sad thing is that I never learned how to invent flutes, but h...

    I love this book. It is basically an outline of human inventions from the beginning to the early 50s ish. Told as a troubleshooting guide for misplaced Time Travelers, But it is told with a smile and wink and has a ton of tidbits and trivia that I thoroughly enjoy. It is at its hea...

    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...

    A helpful primer on how to invent everything! I found the progression interesting, along with the prerequisites found in the "technology tree". Most fascinating was how long it took humanity to discover or develop some abilities or technologies, and how often skills and knowledge...

    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. ...

    Learn a little, laugh a little. ...

    Learning and laughing = winning combo. North is the king of footnotes. ...

    Amazing book! If you need to read only one book to understand the world and the history of human kind this will be it. ...

    This book was a lot of fun! ...

    Whether I already knew the material, or not, this was an entertaining read. A lot of knowledge, sprinkled with humour, and delivered in a unique format. ...

  • 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

    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...

    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 ...

  • Kusaimamekirai
    Jan 18, 2019

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Ok, I?m just going to come out and say this is the coolest book ever invented. Emphasis on the ?invention? part because that?s what Ryan North?s ?How to Invent Everything? is all about. Ever wonder how to make your own chemicals? (hint:in most cases don?t). Your o...

  • Jakub Slámka
    Mar 18, 2019

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Ok, I?m just going to come out and say this is the coolest book ever invented. Emphasis on the ?invention? part because that?s what Ryan North?s ?How to Invent Everything? is all about. Ever wonder how to make your own chemicals? (hint:in most cases don?t). Your o...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    I picked this book off of NPR's best books of 2018 list and because I like reading science. The book makes it clear that science and technology matter. We humans as a species have advanced leaps and bounds beyond our natural state. So much of what we take for granted -- from spinning t...

    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...

    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...

    Had a lot of fun with this book. Sort of a ?Hitchhiker?s guide to the galaxy? meets ?Sapiens? :) ...

  • Ric
    Nov 29, 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Ok, I?m just going to come out and say this is the coolest book ever invented. Emphasis on the ?invention? part because that?s what Ryan North?s ?How to Invent Everything? is all about. Ever wonder how to make your own chemicals? (hint:in most cases don?t). Your o...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    I picked this book off of NPR's best books of 2018 list and because I like reading science. The book makes it clear that science and technology matter. We humans as a species have advanced leaps and bounds beyond our natural state. So much of what we take for granted -- from spinning t...

    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...

    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...

  • Hayden Lane
    Dec 23, 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Ok, I?m just going to come out and say this is the coolest book ever invented. Emphasis on the ?invention? part because that?s what Ryan North?s ?How to Invent Everything? is all about. Ever wonder how to make your own chemicals? (hint:in most cases don?t). Your o...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    I picked this book off of NPR's best books of 2018 list and because I like reading science. The book makes it clear that science and technology matter. We humans as a species have advanced leaps and bounds beyond our natural state. So much of what we take for granted -- from spinning t...

    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...

    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...

    Had a lot of fun with this book. Sort of a ?Hitchhiker?s guide to the galaxy? meets ?Sapiens? :) ...

    ?????? ??? ? ????? ? ??????? - ??? ???????? ??? ?? ?????. ??? ???? ????????? ??????????. ?????????? ????? ???????? ???????????, ??? ??????? ? ????? ??? "????",...

    I've been looking for a book like this for ages now. I've always had this weird thought: "What if for some reason one day I go back in time?" and my conclusion was that even though I know a lot of things exist I have no idea on how to reinvent them myself. This book told me exactly wha...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The amount of effort it must have taken Ryan North to research and organize this book is staggering. North presents a (very simplified) overview of most of the basic technologies of civilization and how one might go about recreating them (the cute premise of the book is that it is a su...

    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...

    Pleased as punch to now have so many things named after me, thanks to having this guide to inventing them in the past and having used this book to repair my time machine by thwapping it soundly upside the processor. The only sad thing is that I never learned how to invent flutes, but h...

    I love this book. It is basically an outline of human inventions from the beginning to the early 50s ish. Told as a troubleshooting guide for misplaced Time Travelers, But it is told with a smile and wink and has a ton of tidbits and trivia that I thoroughly enjoy. It is at its hea...

    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...

    A helpful primer on how to invent everything! I found the progression interesting, along with the prerequisites found in the "technology tree". Most fascinating was how long it took humanity to discover or develop some abilities or technologies, and how often skills and knowledge...

    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. ...

    Learn a little, laugh a little. ...

    Learning and laughing = winning combo. North is the king of footnotes. ...

    Amazing book! If you need to read only one book to understand the world and the history of human kind this will be it. ...

    This book was a lot of fun! ...

  • Daniel
    Nov 20, 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Ok, I?m just going to come out and say this is the coolest book ever invented. Emphasis on the ?invention? part because that?s what Ryan North?s ?How to Invent Everything? is all about. Ever wonder how to make your own chemicals? (hint:in most cases don?t). Your o...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    I picked this book off of NPR's best books of 2018 list and because I like reading science. The book makes it clear that science and technology matter. We humans as a species have advanced leaps and bounds beyond our natural state. So much of what we take for granted -- from spinning t...

    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...

    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...

    Had a lot of fun with this book. Sort of a ?Hitchhiker?s guide to the galaxy? meets ?Sapiens? :) ...

    ?????? ??? ? ????? ? ??????? - ??? ???????? ??? ?? ?????. ??? ???? ????????? ??????????. ?????????? ????? ???????? ???????????, ??? ??????? ? ????? ??? "????",...

    I've been looking for a book like this for ages now. I've always had this weird thought: "What if for some reason one day I go back in time?" and my conclusion was that even though I know a lot of things exist I have no idea on how to reinvent them myself. This book told me exactly wha...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Ok, I?m just going to come out and say this is the coolest book ever invented. Emphasis on the ?invention? part because that?s what Ryan North?s ?How to Invent Everything? is all about. Ever wonder how to make your own chemicals? (hint:in most cases don?t). Your o...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    I picked this book off of NPR's best books of 2018 list and because I like reading science. The book makes it clear that science and technology matter. We humans as a species have advanced leaps and bounds beyond our natural state. So much of what we take for granted -- from spinning t...

    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...

    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...

    Had a lot of fun with this book. Sort of a ?Hitchhiker?s guide to the galaxy? meets ?Sapiens? :) ...

    ?????? ??? ? ????? ? ??????? - ??? ???????? ??? ?? ?????. ??? ???? ????????? ??????????. ?????????? ????? ???????? ???????????, ??? ??????? ? ????? ??? "????",...

    I've been looking for a book like this for ages now. I've always had this weird thought: "What if for some reason one day I go back in time?" and my conclusion was that even though I know a lot of things exist I have no idea on how to reinvent them myself. This book told me exactly wha...

    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

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Ok, I?m just going to come out and say this is the coolest book ever invented. Emphasis on the ?invention? part because that?s what Ryan North?s ?How to Invent Everything? is all about. Ever wonder how to make your own chemicals? (hint:in most cases don?t). Your o...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    I picked this book off of NPR's best books of 2018 list and because I like reading science. The book makes it clear that science and technology matter. We humans as a species have advanced leaps and bounds beyond our natural state. So much of what we take for granted -- from spinning t...

    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...

    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...

    Had a lot of fun with this book. Sort of a ?Hitchhiker?s guide to the galaxy? meets ?Sapiens? :) ...

    ?????? ??? ? ????? ? ??????? - ??? ???????? ??? ?? ?????. ??? ???? ????????? ??????????. ?????????? ????? ???????? ???????????, ??? ??????? ? ????? ??? "????",...

    I've been looking for a book like this for ages now. I've always had this weird thought: "What if for some reason one day I go back in time?" and my conclusion was that even though I know a lot of things exist I have no idea on how to reinvent them myself. This book told me exactly wha...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The amount of effort it must have taken Ryan North to research and organize this book is staggering. North presents a (very simplified) overview of most of the basic technologies of civilization and how one might go about recreating them (the cute premise of the book is that it is a su...

    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...