Cover image for Norris McWhirter's book of millennium records : the story of human achievement in the last 2,000 years.
Norris McWhirter's book of millennium records : the story of human achievement in the last 2,000 years.
McWhirter, Norris, 1925-2004.
Publication Information:
London : Virgin, 1999.
Physical Description:
256 pages : illustrations ; 30 cm
Subject Term:
Added Title:
Millennium records.

Book of millennium records.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
AG243 .N67 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
AG243 .N67 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

On Order



With a topic-by-topic structure, this reference work provides an account of the records set in prehistory, at the birth of Christ, at 1000AD and at the end of the 20th century.

Author Notes

Norris McWhirter was the founder editor of The Guiness Book of Records, As co-presenter of Record Breakers, the long-running BBC television show, he became internationally renowned as the world authority on records.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

This very browseable guide to the last 2,000 years was created by the man who is also responsible for The Guinness Book of Records. Having spent 40 years researching and tracing humankind's progress from the wheel to microwave meals, McWhirter has produced a gorgeous volume packed with facts and figures, tables, and pictures that bring history to life. The continual search for better, easier ways to live is presented in 10 topics: "Everyday Life," "The Arts," "Science," "Medicine and Health," "Politics and Government," "Building and Engineering," "Transport," "War," "Communications and Media," and "Sports." In the introduction, McWhirter provides an outstanding millennium time line showing "How it was" in 1000 B.C., AD 1, and AD 1000; "How it is" in AD 2000; and "How it will be" in AD 3000, a format followed more or less in the sections that follow. Using the first section as an example, under "Everyday Life" readers will find segments on "Food and Drink," "Lighting," "Clothing," "Marriage and Relationships," and "Banking and Finance," to name just a few. Under "Clothing," there are descriptions of typical garb for the period before AD 1, AD 1, and AD 1,000, with additional information under such topics as jewelry and hats. A table depicts the earliest surviving evidence for such items as trousers and buttons. The volume concludes with an index of people as well as a general index. Although there are time lines in some sections, this book is more a topic-by-topic survey than a chronology. Libraries may want to purchase a reference copy for information about "firsts" and origins, but its real value will be in a personal collection.

Table of Contents

Millennium timelinep. 8
How it was in 1000 BCp. 12
How it was in AD 1p. 14
How it was in AD 1000p. 16
How it is in AD 2000p. 18
How it will be in AD 3000p. 20
Everyday Lifep. 22
Food and drinkp. 24
Lightingp. 27
Agriculturep. 28
Clothingp. 32
Marriage and relationshipsp. 36
Education and childcarep. 38
Beliefs, rituals, religionsp. 40
Moneyp. 44
Banking and financep. 45
Business and tradep. 46
The Artsp. 48
Musicp. 50
Theatrep. 53
Dancep. 56
Visual artsp. 58
Decorative Artsp. 62
Art price recordsp. 65
Sciencep. 66
Mathematicsp. 68
Timekeepingp. 72
Astronomyp. 76
Physicsp. 79
Chemistryp. 82
The chemical elementsp. 86
Medicine and Healthp. 88
Medicine and surgeryp. 90
Visionp. 93
Dentistryp. 94
Public healthp. 95
Politics and Governmentp. 98
Living in citiesp. 100
Political systemsp. 102
Empiresp. 106
The 25 main civilisations of historyp. 110
Building and Engineeringp. 112
Architecturep. 114
Building techniquesp. 116
The world's tallest structuresp. 118
Civil engineeringp. 120
Wonders of the Worldp. 124
Electricityp. 126
Energy productionp. 129
Nuclear powerp. 132
Transportp. 136
Moving by seap. 138
Seamanship and navigationp. 141
Moving by landp. 143
Railwaysp. 145
Bicyclesp. 148
The automobilep. 149
Progressive speed recordsp. 152
Ballooningp. 154
Aviationp. 155
Moving in spacep. 158
Exploration and discoveryp. 161
Warp. 166
Swords and armourp. 168
Bombs, grenades and missilesp. 170
Pistols and gunsp. 172
Military strategyp. 174
Killing power recordsp. 178
The atomic bombp. 180
Major battlesp. 183
Communications and Mediap. 186
Writingp. 188
Postal servicesp. 191
Printing and publishingp. 192
Photographyp. 195
Cinemap. 199
Recorded soundp. 204
Popular musicp. 206
Radiop. 208
Televisionp. 212
Computingp. 215
Sportsp. 220
The origins of sportp. 222
Athleticsp. 224
The Olympic Gamesp. 228
Baseballp. 230
Basketballp. 231
Boxingp. 232
Cricketp. 233
Association footballp. 234
American footballp. 236
Golfp. 237
Mountaineeringp. 239
Rugbyp. 240
Tennisp. 242
Pastimesp. 244
Indexp. 248
Acknowledgementsp. 256