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If you were going to rebuild human society, which 3 books would you take for the job?

Asked by Esedess (3467points) July 29th, 2014

You don’t have to read this..

Origins of the Question
This comes from the 1960 movie, Time Machine.

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At the end, the time traveler escapes back to his house in his own time, then quickly leaves again, presumably to go back to the future and help rebuild society. The only difference upon departing is that there are 3 books missing from his home library.

I always thought it created a cool question.

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ragingloli's avatar

A mathematics text book, a physics text book and a chemistry text book.

canidmajor's avatar

The Way Things Work by David Macaulay

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

A volume with the complete engineering drawings and designs of Leonardo DaVinci

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Esedess's avatar

You surprise me. I thought forsure you’d take 3 different religious scriptures, then just sit back and laugh. lol

flutherother's avatar

The Oxford English dictionary
Mrs Beeton’s cookbook
The selected poems of Du Fu.

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

The Magna Charta, The Karma Sutra – By Shelly Wu, Tall Tales From An Island – by Peter McNab.
(For dreamers, lovers, and diplomats)

ucme's avatar

The Joy of Sex: Bumping ugly the Belgian way
DIY Carpentry: Jesus got wood
Cooking by Numbers: Alphabetti Spaghetti

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

CRC handbook, The complete works of Shakespeare, The constitution.

@canidmajor You beat me to Shakespeare.

rojo's avatar

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller
A Peoples History of the United States by Howard Zinn
Hot Tub Yoga by Jerry Gee

luvlucy's avatar

The Bible
Dalai Lama

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