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The order of things : how everything in the world is organized-- into hierarchies, structures, & pecking orders
Kipfer, Barbara Ann.
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First revised paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, [1998]

Physical Description:
xxv, 389 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Earth sciences -- Life sciences -- Physical sciences -- Technology -- Mathematics & measurement -- Religion -- History -- Society & social institutions -- Business & economics -- Arts -- Domestic life -- Sports & recreation -- General knowledge & philosophy.
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Central Library AG105 .K57 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

On Order



Your reference search begins and ends here The Order of Thingsis a new kind of reference book for a new information age. Whether you're disputing answers to your favorite board game, helping your child prepare for a test or freshening up on your party trivia, this will be the only reference book you'll need to consult. This brilliantly conceived and eclectic compilation of hard-to-find information is an unprecedented new resource -- perfect for game buffs, know-it-alls and lovers of knowledge. Classification expert Barbara Ann Kipfer gives you more than 400 informative lists, hierarchies and illustrations divided into thirteen essential areas of knowledge: Earth Sciences     Life Sciences Physical Sciences Mathematics and Measurements Technology Religion History Social Sciences Business and Economics The Arts Domestic Life Sports and Recreation General Knowledge A sampling of the information you'll find uniquely compiled in this single volume: the arrangement of the human skeleton the dimensions of a tennis court table settings phases of the moon the significance of the digits on a check hierarchy of angels

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The subtitle provides an abstract of the work. A classifier of large-scale reference works, the compiler, seeking to emulate Francis Bacon, understands that to grasp how various objects and ideas relate to a whole is essential for successful searches for relevance. This directory of various hierarchies (structures, orders, classifications, branches, scales, divisions, successions, sequences, and rankings) is arranged by 13 broad subject categories: earth sciences and geography, life sciences, physical sciences, technology, mathematics and measurement, religion, history, society and social institutions, business and economics, the arts, domestic life, sports and recreation, and general knowledge and philosophy (including other classifications of knowledge). Each category is subdivided alphabetically; divisions range from various lists and outlines to illustrated classifications, e.g., dogs, regular and irregular solids , types of glasses--more than 400 entries in all. Though textual lists predominate, profuse illustrations add clarity. The work concludes with a bibliography of about 75 titles and a nine-page index, printed in four columns in a tiny typeface. Comprehensive if not exhaustive, the work covers an extremely broad range, slighting perhaps only psychology. Inclusions sometimes seem random, but this exceptional book will appeal to a wide range of users, from those being introduced to the concept of order in the world to the generally curious. Demonstrating that classification is a critical human activity, beginning with the creation mandate, it will stimulate readers of all ages, and should find a place in undergraduate collections. D. G. Davis Jr.; University of Texas at Austin

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