The elemental secret of their innovative table of contents is the use of numbers. Starting with three and working their way up (with a gap here and there) to 24, they pose a series of intriguing questions which are then answered to everyone's satisfaction on the indicated pages. What are the three Laws of Thermodynamics? Who were the three Furies? and What are the three ages of Vico's historical cycle? These are the sorts of queries they present in the chapter entitled Three. Further chapters inquire after the four properties of a musical tone, the six flavors of quarks, the seven Virtues, the 12 Labors of Heracles, the 14 Points of Woodrow Wilson, and the unofficial Homeric titles of the 18 chapters of Ulysses.
While the questions are appealing in and of themselves, the answers are even better. Going far beyond mere lists, they delve into the histories and texts, the theories and significance of each. The question is the hook, but the answer is the prize, riveting you with more information than you'd anticipated, reminding you of the joy of learning. --Stephanie Gold
The primary question I asked myself when buying this was that what could I get from this book that I couldn't get from searching things on the internet? Read morePublished 3 months ago by Neel
I ended up donating this book, it wasn't what I expected. fast shipping, and a great price.Published 4 months ago by Dawn C.
I love this book. It contains short, succinct explanations for questions about topics that you may have missed in your formal education. Read morePublished on October 18, 2012 by joey
The title of this book does not do it justice. Something more along the lines of "Stuff you wish you had learned in school, or wish you still remembered, explicated in a writing... Read morePublished on August 11, 2011 by bearieq
This book presents dozens of «cultural lists», organized not by subject but by the number of elements in the list. Read morePublished on July 22, 2009 by Pierre Gauthier
Kind of neat, brush up on what you were 'supposed' to learn back in high school. Information packed and told in a manner that'd keep your ADD kid interested, this book is a... Read morePublished on March 27, 2009 by Cherrie Mahon
For those in the world who feel like they don't know nearly enough "stuff" (or all purpose knowledge, not specific to any one subject, like literature or history or science... Read morePublished on December 16, 2007 by Biblibio
Absolutley superb trivia book. Saat down and read it in my FIRST sitting. Very enjoyable. Great seller, too; very fast turnaround time!Published on May 14, 2007 by C. Schneider