Firefly's World of Facts

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Firefly's World of Facts is extensively updated and covers a rich diversity of topics arranged by ...

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Overview

Thoroughly revised and updated for 2010!

Here are thousands of the most up-to-date facts on a world of topics — answers that address almost every subject on earth. Every page is illustrated with photographs, illustrations, maps or charts, and every corner of the book is packed with the newest lists and rankings, the unexpected and the astonishing.

Firefly's World of Facts is extensively updated and covers a rich diversity of topics arranged by subject, including the natural world and life sciences; science and technology; world cultures, countries and beliefs; language, literature and education; art, music and entertainment; and much more.

The book has been improved to include new sections and better ways of presenting the facts, including:

  • New and updated sections for topics experiencing exciting developments
  • The latest important discoveries
  • Significant revisions to the computers and the Internet sections
  • New sections that keep in time with changing interests, e.g., weird pets, genealogy
  • Technology in 21st-century life
  • Changes in the world of work
  • New forms of energy, reducing your carbon footprint
  • Social networking.

Readers of all ages will be fascinated by the abundance of facts in this remarkable and up-to-date reference.

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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual
Users will want to browse long after finding [their] answer.... Librarians will not want to put it down either.
— Shannon Graff Hysell
Shelf Life
Excellent and diverse...packed with astonishing lists and unexpected facts.... Abundantly illustrated, this coffee-table book is informative, splashy and fun.
— Larry Cox
BookNews
[Review of earlier edition:] This colorfully designed reference-for-fun volume offers facts including lists of milestones, firsts, and bests on approximately 150 subjects divided into 20 categories.
YALSA
[Review of earlier edition:] Selected as a 2008 'Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers' by the Young Adult Library Services Association.
Bookpage
[Review of earlier edition:] Abundantly illustrated ... every page is chock-full of unexpected and astonishing lists, rankings, facts and juxtapositions.
Burnaby Now
A handy instant reference for adults and children, with no need to start up your computer.
— Annie Boulanger
The Canadian Jewish News
Brilliantly designed and illustrated with photographs, maps, drawings and charts that jump off the page.
— Sheldon Kirshner
Booklist
May compete with Internet searching because [it is] interesting and eyecatching!... A perfect quick-reference source for elementary and middle-school students.
— Christine Bulson
Burnaby Now - Annie Boulanger
[Review of earlier edition:] A handy instant reference for adults and children, with no need to start up your computer — just check the book.
The Canadian Jewish News - Sheldon Kirshner
[Review of earlier edition:] Brilliantly designed and illustrated with photographs, maps, drawings and charts that jump off the page.
Resource Links, vol. 13, no. 4 - Anne Hatcher
[Review of earlier edition:] Visually appealling ... Each page is as intriguing and fact filled as the one before. This text would provide many hours of Oohs and Did you know? From the reader as they share new knowledge with others.... Readers are fascinated as the world's facts unroll at their fingertips. This text would make a great addition to a classroom/school library.
Booklist - Christine Bulson
[Review of earlier edition:] May compete with Internet searching because [it is] interesting eyecatching!... A perfect quick-reference source elementary and middle-school students.... Depending on the type of library, [this] reference [source] will be popular in elementary, high-school, academic, and public libraries.
American Reference Books Annual - Shannon Graff Hysell
[Review of earlier edition:] The authors' interesting text and lists along with the publisher's use of colorful photographs and sidebars makes the one that users will want to browse long after finding the answer to their original question. In fact, the publisher used more than 1,500 full-color photographs, maps, charts, and illustrations in this 320-page book. Sure, this information is available elsewhere, and sure, librarians can probably pull the information for patrons from other sources, but this volume is so compact, colorful, concise, loaded with photographs, and so easy to read, that libraries really ought to have this work, especially at the relatively low price of $29.95. Librarians will not want to put it down either.
Shelf Life - Larry Cox
[Review of earlier edition:] This excellent and diverse book has been updated for 2009 and is packed with astonishing lists and unexpected facts.... Abundantly illustrated, this coffee-table book is informative, splashy and fun.
Canadian Jewish News
[Review of earlier edition:] Endlessly fascinating.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554074082
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/11/2009
  • Edition description: Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Russell Ash has written or contributed to more than 100 reference books.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
About this book

TIME

  • The Story of Time
  • Time Periods
  • The Calendar
SPACE
  • The Universe
  • The Solar System 1
  • The Solar System 2
  • Astronomy
  • Space Exploration
  • Astronauts
PLANET EARTH
  • Rocks and Minerals
  • Land Features
  • Rivers and Lakes
  • The World's Oceans
  • Climate
  • Weather
  • Natural Disasters
LIFE SCIENCES
  • Trees and Plants
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Mammals
  • Sea Life
  • Flying Animals
  • Insects and Spiders
  • Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Man and Beast
  • Pet Power
  • Endangered and Extinct
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Garbage and Recycling
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
  • Science
  • The Elements
  • Inventions
  • Mathematics
  • Weights and Measures
  • Computers and the Internet
  • Telecommunications
HUMAN BODY
  • Human Body
  • Body Facts and Records
  • Health and Medicine
  • Food and Drink

WORLD HISTORY
  • Historical Ages
  • Historical Events
  • World Civilizations and Empires
  • Rulers and Leaders
  • World Politics
COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD
  • World Map
  • Countries of the World
  • Cities of the World
  • North and Central America
  • Central and South America
  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Australasia
PEOPLE
  • Names
  • Families and Relationships
  • People Who Change the World
  • Exploration and Endeavor
  • Celebrities
  • Kids'
    World
BELIEFS AND IDEAS
  • Ancient Religions
  • World Religions
  • Sacred Texts
  • Christianity
  • Festivals
  • Myths and Legends
  • Predictions and Prophecies
  • The Unexplained
CONFLICT AND CRIME
  • Weapons and Force
  • Wars and Battles
  • The Law
  • Crime
WORK AND HOME
  • Around the House
  • Toys and Games
  • Wealth
  • Energy
BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES
  • Building Styles
  • Great Buildings
  • Skyscrapers
  • Bridges and Tunnels
  • Wonders of the World
TRANSPORTATION AND TRAVEL
  • Water Transportation
  • Land Transportation
  • Rail Transportation
  • Air Transportation
  • Transportation Disasters
  • Tourism
LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
  • Language
  • Communication
  • Books
  • Authors
  • Children's Books
  • Poets and Poetry
  • Newspapers and Magazines
EDUCATION AND THE ARTS
  • Education
  • Famous Artists
  • Museums and Monuments
  • Collecting
MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE
  • World of Music
  • Classical Music
  • Pop and Rock
  • Theater
  • Dance
  • Ballet
FILM, TV AND RADIO
  • Film Facts
  • Blockbusters
  • Film Winners
  • Animated Films
  • The Stars
  • TV and Radio
SPORTS
  • Sport Facts
  • Sporting Events
  • The Olympics
  • Athletics
  • Ball Games
  • Soccer and Football
  • Racket Sports
  • Combat, Strength and Target Sports
  • Water
    Sports
  • Wheel Sports
  • Winter Sports
  • Animal Sports
LAST LISTS
  • Dead Ends
  • Last of Everything

Index
Acknowledgements

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Preface

Introduction

This new edition of Firefly's World of Facts has been updated from cover to cover. Inside, you will find thousands of amazing facts and hundred of exciting pictures. Keep up-to-date with the most recent world record-breakers, cutting-edge scientific and medical breakthroughs and gadgets and gizmo from the latest e-readers to the cleverest robots.

Facts and figures

Firefly's World of Facts is divided into 20 sections — Planet Earth, People, World History and space to name but a few. It includes information on a huge range of subjects, with data from authoritative sources and specialists on every subject under the sun — and beyond. Among the countless new entries are features on the world's tallest building and the biggest ship, miraculous rescues and grisly torture methods, child soldiers and child film stars, the smallest mobile phone and the smallest snake, animal heroes and toilets in space as well important anniversaries coming up in 2010.

Inside information

Detailed lists and charts show global comparisons, while special features and fact disks provide fast information, revealing everything from the countries with the most computers to the highest-earning animated films, from the greatest achievers to the most popular social networking websites. You will also discover an array of oddities, including a time-eating clock with no hands, a lord whose carriage was pulled by zebras, a flying friar and people who dine in mid-air!

A section on countries gives essential information, including population, capital city and currency for every country in the world, as well as the flag of each one.

Timelines on subjects such as communications, astronomy, war and inventions give a see-at-a-glance overview and pinpoint important milestone up to the present day.

Useful maps, tables and formulae include conversions, mathematical symbols and scales, from Beaufort (weather) to Richter (earthquakes).

Other features

Web link boxes suggest useful websites to help you explore subjects further. See also boxes guide you to information on a particular subject elsewhere in the book. There is an extensive index at the back of the book, as well as a list of sources.

Whitaker's World
Website

You can write to me with comments, suggestions and corrections at the publisher's address on page four.

Russell Ash

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Introduction

Introduction

Inside Firefly's World of Facts, you will find hundreds of amazing facts and pictures. Keep up to date with the most recent world record-breakers, the hottest new technologies from the iPhone to YouTube, the latest and greatest achievements (and failures!). Find out about today's biggest celebrities and the most important events that shape our world.

Everything you want to know

Firefly's World of Facts is divided into 20 sections -- Space, Planet Earth, Human Body, World History People and Conflict and Crime, to name but a few. It includes information on a huge range of subjects, from the Solar System to the world's biggest and smallest populations, with data from authoritative sources and specialists on every subject under the Sun -- and beyond.

Inside information

Detailed lists and charts show global comparisons. Features and FactDisks provide information on such things as the fastest animals, types of insects, all the U.S. presidents, every astronaut who has been to the Moon, the highest-earning films, child inventors and other young achievers, the latest electric cars, and global warming. Many surprising unique facts are revealed in a range of One and Only entries, from the one and only flight of the "Spruce Goose" to the one and only female saint to have grown a beard!

A section on countries gives essential facts and figures including population, capital city and currency for every country in the world, as well as the flag of each one.

Timelines on subjects such as telecommunications, astronomy, weapons and inventions give a see-at-a-glance overview and pinpoint importantmilestones.

Useful maps, tables and formulae include conversions and scales, from Beaufort (weather) to Richter (earthquakes).

You will also discover a huge range of bests and worsts, oddities from the smelliest flower to the biggest robberies, the strangest museums and the craziest inventions, the deadliest creatures and the longest names.

Other features

Search boxes suggest useful websites to explore subjects further. See also boxes guide you to information on a particular subject elsewhere in the book. There is an extensive index at the back of the book, as well as a list of sources.

Russell Ash

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