Books for the Future
October 21, 2012 8:34 PM Subscribe
What books would be essential for a post apocalyptic library? I've just seen a film where someone walks through a post-apocalyptic landscape delivering a precious book to a haven where they plan to collect the knowledge necessary for rebuilding. Now not to get spoilery or anything but it did seem to me the book in question wouldn't do anyone much good.
posted by glasseyes to society & culture (25 answers total) 75 users marked this as a favorite
It has happened in human history that saved information has affected the course of history: the Renaissance is claimed to be based on recovered classical knowledge; burning the library at Constantinople is supposed to have been a big step back for Western science and culture; and the books saved and hidden by private families in Timbuktu are supposed to be an incredibly valuable repository of alternative cultural histories of the Sudan. (Now I'm not a historian, just a vague general reader.)
What do you think would be essential volumes for a 21C post-apocalypse library? I'm thinking maybe.... agricultural manuals, principles of electricity? Maybe the sort of books colonial officers used to be given, about basic hygiene and water-purification and how to cut down on mosquito infestation? Anatomy, healthcare and birth control? What?