Live studio session Lewis Dartnell’s Short History of Technology

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Have we become too dependent on technology? Read Lewis Dartnell’s engrossing book The Knowledge and you might well conclude that we have.

In the book, Dartnell starts from the hypothetical scenario that the world as we know it has ended. Whether a virus, nuclear war, asteroid, whatever - it doesn’t matter. The question the book really grapples with is ‘how do we rebuild what we had?’. The reader can’t help but come to the conclusion that the rebuilding job will be damned difficult, given the complexity of today’s technology and our dependence on it.

In this live studio session, Lewis will peer behind some layers of modern technology to help us focus on what we have accomplished through history, and why we need to reconnect with the technology around us today. If you are a maker, a tinkerer or just curious about how the stuff around us is put together, join us in this show and put your thoughts to Lewis.


Lewis Dartnell

Lewis Dartnell

Prof. Lewis Dartnell (www.lewisdartnell.com) is an astrobiology researcher based at the University of Westminster, studying how microbial life, and signs of its existence, might persist on the surface of Mars. Alongside his research he writes regular science articles in newspapers and magazines, and has appeared in TV shows such as BBC Horizon, Wonders of the Universe, and documentaries on National Geographic, Discovery and History channels. ‘The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch’ (www.the-knowledge.org) is his third book, and is a Sunday Times Book of the Year.

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