How to rebuild the world from scratch

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Thursday 8 May

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Destruction

    Credit: Peretz Partensky via Wikimedia Commons


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Event description

Maybe an asteroid hit Earth. Perhaps a nuclear war reduced our cities to radioactive rubble. Or an avian flu killed almost everyone on Earth. However it happened, the world as we know it is over and we must start again.

So how do we set about rebuilding our world from scratch? How do you grow food and make clothes? Or generate energy and develop medicines? Lewis Dartnell will help us, as the survivors, reconnect with the basic skills and knowledge which our lives and world depend upon. By taking us on a journey of rediscovery, he will transform our understanding of the world.

About the speaker

Dr Lewis Dartnell is a UK Space Agency research fellow at the University of Leicester, working in the field of astrobiology and the search for microbial life on Mars. 

Further reading

'The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch” is out now with Bodley Head. Explore related material, including videos, at and follow on Twitter @KnowledgeCiv

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