If the world as we know it ended tomorrow, how would you survive? A nuclear war, viral pandemic or asteroid strike. The world as we know it has ended. You and the other survivors must start again. What knowledge would you need to start rebuilding civilisation from scratch? How do you grow food, generate power, prepare medicines, or get metal out of rocks? Could you avert another Dark Ages, or take shortcuts to accelerate redevelopment? Living in the modern world, we have become disconnected from the basic processes and key fundamentals of science that sustain our lives. Ingenious and groundbreaking, The Knowledge explains everything you need to know about everything, revolutionising your understanding of the world. ´A glorious compendium of the knowledge we have lost in the living...the most inspiring book I´ve read in a long time´ Independent ´A terrifically engrossing history of science and technology´ Guardian http://the-knowledge.org/
In the new mystery in the bestselling Richard Jury series, Martha Grimes brings London´s finest and ´the Filth´ together on a double-homicide case that involves Kenyan art, rare gems, astrophysics and a long-fermented act of revenge
Change the way you see the world with a groundbreaking visual approach to the wonders of our planet. From Viking raiders and Samurai warriors to robotics and chemical reactions, amazing animals, the human body, the marvels of history, and more are visualized in incredible detail, inside and out, providing a mind-blowing introduction to every aspect of human knowledge. You´ll find yourself utterly absorbed as complex subjects become clear through engaging explanations, incredible illustrations, phenomenal photographs and jaw-dropping 3D images. This fully updated edition of Knowledge Encyclopedia will continue to fascinate young readers with its microscopic detail and amazing facts on tons of topics. Explore the universe, from the inside of an atom to enormous galaxies, then discover the explosive science behind a fireworks display. Take a look at what makes the human brain so special and find out how our bodies cells make energy. Journey through history from the earliest life forms to our hairiest ancestors and then right up to our world today.
A brilliant book that puts your general knowledge to the test: pick your subject, look at the pictures, and see if you can name them all. Children won´t be able to resist the Knowledge Genius brain-busting challenge. For every topic, pages are packed with eye-popping pictures--but do you know what they show? To help you, ´´Name Game´´ panels list what you´re looking for. With three levels of difficulty, the challenge gets harder as you work your way from Starter, to Challenger, and finally the truly tricky Genius category. If you need it, there´s a fun fact with every picture to give a helpful clue. With more than 80 topics throughout the encyclopedia, there´s something for everyone. Can you name the countries of Asia? Do you know your cranium from your clavicle, or do you need to bone up on the parts of the human skeleton? Are you a demon on dinosaurs, and able to spot the difference between an archaeopteryx and an allosaurus? Perhaps you´re brainy and can do all of this standing on your head? You can! Then what are you waiting for? Open the pages of Knowledge Genius to find out what you know, and challenge yourself to learn even more!
What is the history of knowledge? This engaging and accessible introduction explains what is distinctive about the new field of the history of knowledge (or, as some scholars say, ´knowledges in the plural´) and how it differs from the history of science, intellectual history, the sociology of knowledge or from cultural history. Leading cultural historian, Peter Burke, draws upon examples of this new kind of history from different periods and from the history of India, East Asia and the Islamic world as well as from Europe and the Americas. He discusses some of the main concepts used by scholars working in the field, among them ´order of knowledge´, ´situated knowledge´ and ´knowledge society´. This book tells the story of the transformation of relatively raw ´information´ into knowledge via processes of classification, verification and so on, the dissemination of this knowledge and finally its employment for different purposes, by governments, corporations or private individuals. A concluding chapter identifies central problems in the history of knowledge, from triumphalism to relativism, together with attempts to solve them. The only book of its kind yet to be published, What is the History of Knowledge? will be essential reading for all students of history and the humanities in general, as well as the interested general reader.
Revolutionary account of the transformative potential of the knowledge economy A revolutionary practice of production--the knowledge economy--has emerged in our time. It appears in every sector, not just in high-tech industry, but so far only as a series of insular vanguards that exclude the vast majority of workers and businesses. In this book Roberto Mangabeira Unger explores the hidden workings and the transformative potential of the knowledge economy. He describes the radical changes in economic and political institutions, and in ways of thinking, that could bring knowledge-intensive production to the whole economy--and inaugurate a period of accelerated and socially inclusive economic growth.
Madness, sexuality, power, knowledge-are these facts of life or simply parts of speech? In a series of works of astonishing brilliance, historian Michel Foucault excavated the hidden assumptions that govern the way we live and the way we think. The Archaeology of Knowledge begins at the level of ´´things aid´´ and moves quickly to illuminate the connections between knowledge, language, and action in a style at once profound and personal. A summing up of Foucault´s own methodological assumptions, this book is also a first step toward a genealogy of the way we live now. Challenging, at times infuriating, it is an absolutely indispensable guide to one of the most innovative thinkers of our time.