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Title:
The Hutchinson factfinder : facts, figures, dates, events.
Publication Information:
Foster City, CA : IDG Books Worldwide, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
664 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780028634852
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Webster's New World Book of Facts provides a highly visual and easy way to find answers quickly. Encyclopedia-style entries cover hundreds of topics from art to computers and from animals to science. With hundreds of maps, tables and diagrams, the Book of Facts distills information into compact, useful pieces. Webster's New World Book of Facts is the only fact book with an international scope and an American focus compiled by the editors of Hutchinson, one the most reputable names in fact reference publishing. Accessible facts delivering accurate, succinct answers on hundreds of topics Arranged by category in an easy to use layout that lets readers locate specific information quickly and easily Impressive and thorough index helps readers find answers to their questions with minimum effort


Table of Contents

Astronomyp. 1
The solar systemp. 2
Stars, galaxies, and the universep. 15
Space explorationp. 23
Useful termsp. 32
Physical Worldp. 49
Earth's interiorp. 50
Earth's surfacep. 58
Atmosphere and oceansp. 74
Rocks and mineralsp. 88
Life on Earthp. 97
Evolution and geneticsp. 98
Elements that sustain lifep. 108
The life cyclep. 115
Plant lifep. 128
Animal lifep. 136
Physical Sciencesp. 161
Physicsp. 162
Physical and analytical chemistryp. 187
Inorganic chemistryp. 196
Organic chemistryp. 202
Biochemistryp. 208
Transportationp. 219
Airp. 220
Railp. 228
Roadp. 232
Waterp. 241
Computingp. 249
Computer architecturep. 250
Computer programmingp. 264
Internetp. 270
Medicine and Healthp. 277
Human bodyp. 278
Psychology and psychiatryp. 294
Diseases and disordersp. 299
Drugsp. 307
Diet and nutritionp. 312
Medical termsp. 318
Historyp. 331
Ancient historyp. 332
European historyp. 344
American historyp. 356
Warfare and the Militaryp. 363
Wars and battlesp. 364
Weapons and equipmentp. 381
Conferences and treatiesp. 385
Military termsp. 388
Societyp. 395
Societyp. 396
Presidents and prime ministersp. 411
Economicsp. 421
Beliefsp. 433
Religions and religious movementsp. 434
Holy booksp. 451
Festivalsp. 454
Holy placesp. 458
Religious termsp. 459
Artsp. 471
Architecturep. 472
Musicp. 482
Painting and sculpturep. 493
Literature and Languagep. 505
Literary termsp. 506
Literary prizesp. 520
Grammarp. 523
Sportsp. 527
Sports A-Zp. 528
Countries of the Worldp. 547
Calendar and Measurementp. 617
Calendarp. 618
Miscellaneous measurementsp. 623
Indexp. 631