Filled with facts, The Order of Things organizes all knowledge in an interesting and visual way, offering the reader a comprehensive scheme or storyboard of the world.
|Publisher:||Random House Information Group|
|Edition description:||Revised Paperback|
|Product dimensions:||7.38(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.84(d)|
About the Author
Barbara Ann Kipfer has prepared classification systems for the Yellow Pages of three major corporations and for two major encyclopedia companies, Grolier and Columbia University Press. Her publications include 14,000 Things To Be Happy About, Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Sisson's World and Expression Locator, 1,400 Things for Kids To Be Happy About, and Workbook on Lexicography. Kipfer received her Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Linguistics from the University of Exeter.
Table of Contents
|Outline of Contents||vii|
|1.||Earth Sciences & Geography||3|
|5.||Mathematics & Measurements||117|
|8.||Society & Social Institutions||219|
|9.||Business & Economics||261|
|12.||Sports and Recreation||323|
|13.||General Knowledge & Philosophy||355|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was horribly disappointed with this book. It is not about the order of things. It's a reference book of lists of things. And it's not even accurate. It may have been useful when published a decade ago, but it's been superseded by the internet.
Many of us heard of this book by reading David Sedaris' memoir Me Talk Pretty One Day. What the book consists of is lists, lists, and more lists assembled by an experienced lexicographer of ideas: knots, alphabets, architectural elements, leaders of state, anatomy, and more. The only thing keeping me from endorsing this book as a five-star must-have is the number of mistakes that made it into the book and the lack of an errata sheet easily findable online. Also note that some facts, especially things like lists of prime ministers, only go up through 2001, so you may need a more conventional almanac (online or off) as well. These problems make this book too weak for study (e.g. for quiz bowl). However, it is great for casual browsing, writer brainstorming, etc., where you can then confirm details elsewhere if they become important.Highly recommended, with reservations noted above.
This book will tell you anything you need for mind boggling questions or even writing reports