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How to Invent Everything


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A geeks' manual for improving human history, for fans of What If? and The Worst Case Scenario Handbook.

About the Author

Ryan North is the (New York Times bestselling, Eisner-award winning) creator of Dinosaur Comics, the co-editor of the Machine of Death series, and the author of To Be or Not To Be, the choose-your-own-path version of Hamlet! He has written the "Adventure Time" comic and writes "The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl" for Marvel Comics, who you might know from their movies about an iron man.

He lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife Jenn and his dog Noam Chompsky.


How to Invent Everything is such a cool book ... essential reading
*Randall Munroe, xkcd creator and bestelling author of WHAT IF? and THING EXPLAINER*

Ryan North is as funny as he is smart, and he is hilarious ... an almost essential primer on the story so far when it comes to science ... suitable for anyone with a sense of humour and some curiosity. Brilliant stuff
*Starburst magazine*

A dazzling piece of work that's also genuinely hilarious
*Elan Mastai, author of ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS*

An essential handbook for any hapless time-traveller
*Prof Lewis Dartnell, author of THE KNOWLEDGE: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch*

Technically, we are all time travelers and we are all trapped. So, even if you happen to be scanning this blurb in what you perceive to be a 'normal' timeline, I heartily recommend you read this book cover to cover.
*Zach Weinersmith, creator of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal and author of SOONISH*

A hilarious and practical guide
*Atlas Obscura*

Packed with cool, fun, and useful stuff... a friendly and thought-provoking reference, just the thing for the bright kid in the family, to say nothing of the neighbourhood time traveller
*Kirkus Reviews*

A brilliant conceit ... a slyly funny piece of popular science writing
*Glen Weldon, NPR’s Great Reads of 2018*

North is incredibly funny, so you’ll be entertained while inventing fundamental technology for your fellow, albeit less-developed, man ... Avoid the pitfalls of our ancestors with this handy guide

whip-smart and hilarious . . . Combine that humour, intelligence and style with the history of human technology and you’ve got How to Invent Everything
*Winnipeg Free Press*

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