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Pocket Ref 4th Edition Paperback – August 31, 2010

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ISBN-13: 978-1885071620 ISBN-10: 1885071620 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Sequoia Pub; 4th edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885071620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885071620
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 3.2 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (491 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Mann TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 3, 2013
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Where to start singing the praises?

How about the request that anyone who finds an inaccuracy or misprint contact the publisher, with an address for that right next to the "this book is lost, return it to:" page?

Everything from Algebra to Zinc sheeting gauge tables is in this book, which fits in the space from the pad on the base of my thumb to the end of my little finger in length and the width of my hand when closed. Its about as thick as the end joint on my index finger, and it's packed with stuff you'll need at some time or other.

Need to identify a fastener or bolt? Done. Want to know how much dirt is in that pile over there (or conversely, how much of your driveway will be lost to x cubic yards of dirt)? Done. Log tables (remember them)? Done. Want to learn to tie a bowline and a sheepshank? Done. Need the melting point of lead? done. Need to know exactly how many "6 inch wide" boards you'll need for your deck that you sized in real inches? Done.

Time zones? Done. Area codes? Done. Military ranks so you don't look like an arse when you meet a person on active service? Done. Need to know what day your wife's birthday will fall on every year from now 'til next muckspreading? Done.

Take the stuff you used to get in the ends of diaries when we were kids. Add all the stuff you find in the appendices of Big-ass Dictionaries. Add in the actually useful stuff from the old OU Science Data Book. Now pack it all in a pocket-sized book.

This will bring out the inner eight year old in everyone and is about as useful as a Swiss Army Knife welded to a Leatherman Wave.

And it is all organized into sensible sections. If you need something mathy, you'll find it in a "math" section.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By C. MacPhail TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 14, 2010
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The range of facts in this tiny 860-page book will blow your mind.

Amazing and fun, especially if you're techno, mechanical, or scientific.

You might actually use it. Either way, it's hard to put down. A fun gift for the right person, including possibly yourself.

Keep it in the guest bathroom.

This 4th Edition is expanded (by 12%), updated, and better indexed. But it's still 3.2" x 5.4" x 0.9"

Reviews of the previous Pocket Ref - 3rd Edition are the highest I've seen for anything on amazon. (You can also "Look Inside" the 3rd edition on amazon.
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66 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Erik on November 26, 2010
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I bought this book (4th ed. 1st printing) because all of the good comments i read here on Amazon, the book is really remarkable, contents and size. It had come very handy many times, its useful, concise, complete (for its scope). I would highly recommend it.

Cons:
- havent found a webpage containing the errata

Gave it 4 stars because its well above average but flaws exist and must be eradicated, i know its a slow process but it can be faster if an errata webpage could exist.

I quote two reviews giving it 1 star only.

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The area covering clamping force for Structural A325 and A490 Bolts is irresponsibly wrong. Using the published values will get you in trouble and probably negatively affect the structural integrity of what ever is being erected. As for the rest of the book i cannot comment, but if I can't trust one section, i can't trust any section. [...] --Michael Howerin
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I just browsed a few pages of this "supposedly" reference book and I quickly found a mistake in density of minerals (page 356). Thomas J. Glover tells us gold has a density of 17.64. It actually is 19.3. How many other inaccuracies (not typos!) may this book contain? --Alain BACQUEY
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Its noted that the above error still exists in the 4th ed 1st print

PS
sorry for my flawed English and have a very educational and entertaining reading with nice little book
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Persona_Alio on September 10, 2012
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Sure, in today's digital age, one could easily and quickly look up facts or information with their phones.. But a signal isn't always available, and only 46% of Americans even *own* a smartphone. I'm among those 54%, and this is so immensely chock-full with facts and information that I probably still won't even need one. Now all that's left is to familiarize myself with the table of contents..
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