Jack R. Bialik (jbialik on QT) has signed with agent Krista Goering of The Krista Goering Literary Agency LLC.
My purpose in writing the book is to make people think about what we are doing with our knowledge and in the hopes that we can do something positive about not losing what we have.
What if our knowledge vanished overnight? What if you could no longer read the e-mail queries people send--including this one? As shows like "Life After People" gain popularity, now is the time to think about lost knowledge and the future. I am offering you a look at WHY WE KNOW NOTHING. I speak as an engineer.
As an engineer, I write a book that is...
- A slap in the face. It is a wake up call. As to why we, as a human race, think we know everything. We don't. We have known things over the years that rival what we know today yet we feel that people over history knew less than we know today. We can show that knowledge continually gets discovered, then lost, destroyed or forgotten and then rediscovered over and over again. The book will also show that we are doomed to repeat this again in an even more efficient way.
- About facts. It is about what actually has occurred with our knowledge.
- About things that might surprise you that you didn't realize, for example, that Ford maybe wasn't the first guy to have an assembly line, or that cataract surgery is not a new technique and was performed in 500 BC.
- A look at how we are about to lose all of our knowledge in the future in a most disastrous and expedient way.
WHY WE KNOW NOTHING is a history of science and technology--as well as a search through the lost years and forgotten eras such as the Harappan, Chachapoya and Caral Supe civilizations. The book also shows that, similar to scenarios such as "Life After People," our own civilization, and the computer on which I write this, might disappear along with all our knowledge. I mention "Life After People" because this book targets the Science, History and Discovery Channel audience. This book is intended to be a fun, interesting and thought provoking read. It is targeted to the leisure and business traveler and should be a good book to sit back on a weekend to enjoy.
I have documentary movie tie-in ideas in development, and WHY WE KNOW NOTHING will kick off a three-book series: WHY WE KNOW SOMETHING and WHY WE ASK QUESTIONS. WHY WE ASK QUESTIONS will bring the trilogy full circle, examining our need and desire for knowledge, and exploring the common questions we as a species have asked for centuries.
Thank you in advance for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely, Jack R. Bialik