I'm Prof. Lewis Dartnell, scientist and author of 'THE KNOWLEDGE: How To Rebuild Our World After An Apocalypse' (http://the-knowledge.org/en-gb/the-book/). AMA...!
THE KNOWLEDGE book (website here) is a thought experiment that uses a hypothetical apocalypse from a global pandemic to explore behind the scenes of everything that we take for granted in our modern lives. Say the worst-case does happen and the world as we know it collapses. You're now part of a community of post-apocalyptic survivors.
What would you most want to know how to make and do for yourself?
How could you be ingenious to keep yourself alive and healthy in the immediate aftermath?
What would be most useful to scavenge for?
And in the longer term, how could you avoid another Dark Ages and take shortcuts through the web of science and technology to reboot civilisation again as quickly as possible..?
But I'd also love to hear your thoughts! What single possession or object would you prize most dearly? What would you consider to be the most vital knowledge or understanding to try and preserve in case of a cataclysm? What steps do you think could be taken to reboot civilisation as quickly as possible?
AMA. I'll be here all day, self-isolating in London... Cheers!
More about me on my homepage.