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Product Details

  • Paperback: 615 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (November 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761150447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761150442
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 1.5 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A browser's delight and a definite reference 'must'."
--Ralph Hollenbeck, King Features Syndicate

"Start with Kipfer, who understands the unbearable frustration of unanswered questions."
--The Dallas Morning News


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This amazing, one-of-a-kind reference book has been revised and completely updated. Called "a definite reference must" by King Features Syndicate, The Order of Things is an illustrated collection of orders and classifications in science, religion, history, business, the arts, sports, technology, mathematics, society, and domestic life.

Includes:

? Over 400 informative lists, hierarchies, and illustrations, from the ancient past to today -- divided into 13 major areas of knowledge.

? Extremely well-organized and accessible, from the Table of Contents to the extensive and all-encompassing index.

? Unique information that is useful, surprising, and enlightening. Here, reader's will find the 64 emperors of Byzantium; ranks in the British army; how a television dish is operated; the different layers of soil; coal sizes; the various ice ages; how your ear hears something; how all the languages in the world are organized -- and much, much more.

? Illustrated with graphs, models, drawings, and portraits to make complex subjects understandable.


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Customer Reviews

This is a great book full of facts of all types.
jane christopher
It does make me wonder what facts in this book that I don't know about may be wrong as well.
B0b
Also a great reference, without having to surf the internet.
M. Barrera

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ismail Elshareef VINE VOICE on August 23, 2009
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I was both surprised and impressed at the amount of information that Kipfer was able to jam into this thick yet compact book. It's permanently stored in my nightstand drawer for easy access should a I get stuck remembering the five stages of grief or how to convert meters to feet or the name of the Cuban president between 1906-1909 (Cuba was under US rule in that period. Tidbit I learned from the book.)

That's not even scratching the surface. Do you want to know how many types of knives there are? It's got the answer. The names of the Seven Dwarfs? It's on page 464. The 14th French president and the 33rd State to join the US Union? It's there. The proper names for trees, bridges, lakes, human bones, columns, human bodies in all their shapes and sizes? Check the index.

The information is useful and at times overwhelming, but if it's measurable, belongs in a set, could be enumerated or classified, I assure you it's in this book. Get it today and start learning the order of things.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John B. Moss on May 4, 2009
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The Order of Things: Hierarchies, Structures, and Pecking Orders - this book is organized by topic (The Earth, The Natural World, The Arts, Sports and Recreation, to name a few) and an Index is provided.

This book provides a serendipitous reference for browsing. There is a LOT of material covered in this book, but it is NOT an encyclopedia. The author has provided an admirable compilation of lists on a huge variety of topics as organized in the Table of Contents, and as such makes this book a welcome reference source for thousands of hard-to-find facts.

Use this book as a reference while enjoying its contents. I do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AC on February 8, 2012
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Small facts, many lists. Fun to read. There are many errors though: some blatant omissions (lists head-of-states of many nations/empires but some obvious countries absent), lists that appear just in this book (try googling some of the more obscure ones), lists that are superficial and could be more complete in the same space allotted. Would benefit by citing sources. Waiting for a revision.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford on February 14, 2009
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This book is a collection of facts organized into lists, outlines and other classification schemes. It has a few mundane lists, like the days of the week. But most of them won't be right there in your head when you need them. You can quickly find, for example, what gift is appropriate for each year of wedding anniversary or what different kinds of insurance there are.

Barbara Ann Kipfer's book is interesting to trivia enthusiasts, certainly. It is also useful to the small army of public school and college teachers who write their own multiple choice tests. A question about the geography of Nigeria, for example, is better if the incorrect alternatives mention other actual West African countries like Cameroon and Chad, instead of made-up country names or countries chosen randomly from memory. A reference like this book can help teachers ensure their tests are passed by students who know the facts, excluding those who are merely "test-wise." There are too many glibly-written test questions out there.

The book is also helpful to analysts who work in text analytics, developing knowledge taxonomies to mine and classify text documents. As this type of analysis becomes more accessible to non-specialists in market research and education, there is an increasing need for accessible information about the kind of "...hierarchies, structures, orders, classifications, branches, scales, divisions, successions, sequences [and] rankings" (p. xxiii) found in this book. The author has worked in the artificial intelligence field and perhaps anticipates this use of her book. I particularly recommend the book to my fellow users of the WordStat text analysis software--it's a good dictionary-building resource.

It's true that much of the book's information can be found through web searching. But don't underestimate the value of having it in one place, within reach, and verified by a responsible team of researchers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Hernandez on January 17, 2009
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Okay maybe not all your questions, but this little book is packed with some great information. If you like history, games, and just some interesting facts about the world we live then this book is for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Barrera on January 30, 2009
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This little book is chock full of information. There is all kinds of neat nuggets of trivia that cover just about every subject. Also a great reference, without having to surf the internet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam L. Powers on August 10, 2009
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While the title is close to the truth, some parts of these lists are incomplete. E.G. When one is getting a weight or measure there are no metric listings and for those of us who use metric primarily the concept of an ounce is a bit confusing as there is more than one form and all have no underlying principle of a standard. For what the book does cover it is a very good reference material.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joan H. Murdock on December 7, 2009
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This little book has everything you ever wanted to know about anything when it comes to ranking. Monarchs, weights, Countries, religions, etc. I am giving them as Xmas presents.
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