How to Invent Everything - Ryan North

How to Invent Everything

By Ryan North

  • Release Date: 2018-09-18
  • Genre: Humor
Score: 4.5
From 29 Ratings


An NPR Best Book of 2018

"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? How would you survive? Could you improve on humanity's original timeline? And how hard would it be to domesticate a giant wombat?

With this book as your guide, you'll survive--and thrive--in any period in Earth's history. Bestselling author and time-travel enthusiast Ryan North shows you how to invent all the modern conveniences we take for granted--from first principles. This illustrated manual contains all the science, engineering, art, philosophy, facts, and figures required for even the most clueless time traveler to build a civilization from the ground up. Deeply researched, irreverent, and significantly more fun than being eaten by a saber-toothed tiger, How to Invent Everything will make you smarter, more competent, and completely prepared to become the most important and influential person ever. You're about to make history. . . better.


  • Every Science Fiction Reader's Dream

    By Ronnoc27
    Every time I've told a friend about the premise of this book, they've told me "Oh, yeah, I have wondered that!" This book is as entertaining as it is informative, and as it literally tells you how to rebuild civilization from scratch, you can be it's pretty entertaining. Everything in the book is carefully researched and clearly explained, and the results are a compelling explanation of how humanity got where it is today, on top of accomplishing its direct purpose. The humor that North has carried through all of his books, though comparatively understated in this text, shines through at carefully selected moments to provide commentary on the situation or on our collective history, or merely make you laugh at the idea of reinventing sex. Lastly, the text does a good job of providing a more global and objective perspective on a technological history often taught as dominated by western civilizations. Inventions are sourced to their proper historical sources, credit given to the original inventors over later (European) copycats, and the entire world is kept in mind as a potential physical location of the premise, with regard to the available resources and local flora and fauna. This very fun book will make you feel, for the first time, like the past 10,000 years of innovation are actually meaningful to you, and allow you to empathize with and mock our ancestors in the ways they truly deserve.
  • I canโ€™t read 1st chapter

    By angryreveiw
    Itโ€™s not easy for kids to read 1 star for the funny book title.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž