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Visual Aid: Stuff You've Forgotten, Things You Never Thought You Knew, and Lessons You Didn't Quite Get Around to Learning Paperback – October 7, 2008
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- There are 36 inches in a yard. The book says there are 48 inches in a yard. On the same page it shows a meter being equal to more than 50 inches. A meter is 39.37 inches.
- Gravity is a force that acts straight down. The "How Aeroplanes Fly" page shows gravity pulling the airplane down AND FORWARD because the plane is pitched up (as if taking off). And the airflow diagram shows the air separating off the bottom of the wing and heading straight down. It actually flows around the wing.
- NASA says submarines can dive to about 900 meters. One article I found says the best of the US submarines, the Seawolf, has a crush depth of 2400 feet (730 meters). The book says submarines can dive to 2400 meters. The "2400" coincidence makes it seem like someone didn't understand the difference between feet and meters. As a result, the graphic is scaled incorrectly by a factor of about 3.
- There are 16 fluid ounces in a pint. The book shows it as 20. Or maybe 19, with a generous reading of the graphic. And there are 33.8 ounces in a liter. The graphic shows more than 35.
Then, there might be some cool information on pages like "Proportions of a Human Face," but the graphics are poorly executed so I can't tell what's what, despite careful study. There's a page of Smilies like :-) but without any explanation. I might like to expand my repetoire, but I don't know what many of them imply.Read more ›
Sadly, the result is disastrous:
* the graphics range from poor to very poor;
* there is no apparent organization in the positioning of the various thematic pages; one goes for instance sequentially from tall trees to wood joints to the human skeleton;
* there is no index and pages are not numbered;
* there is not a chance at being remotely comprehensive and the editorial choices made are unjustified; why a page on the rivers of South America and of no other continent?
* some information is plainly wrong, France and the UK appearing for example in the same time zone.
Except perhaps as a tool to challenge friends at a party, this publication is a complete waste of time and money.
The range of topics covered is broad and somewhat quirky; the book is engaging and amusing to browse through. The emphasis seems to be on science and nature, but there are many other types of entries included.
However, it does not really work as either a non-fiction text or a reference book. The information categories illustrated are disjointed, widely various, and not systematically organized. Also, each entry, though fascinating in its own way, actually conveys very little information. Typically, each entry is organized around one particular facet of the entities profiled - size, weight, height, etc.Read more ›
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I expected more beautifully executed infographics. I read some reviews and I think they were a bit exaggerated. Anyway, the book is funny and have curious information inside.Published on June 6, 2011 by Victor A. L. Felipe
If you're into infographics, this book is great. The data isn't earth-shattering in its uniqueness, novelty, or importance, but the line drawings and instructional/aesthetic design... Read morePublished on September 26, 2010 by Dallas Petersen
This is a neat book if you like being able to visualize things -- it's mostly pictures. Need to understand, for example, basic placement of the organs in the human body? Read morePublished on September 1, 2010 by J. Spurlin
I went on a splurge on day and bought several books on visualization. This, of the bunch, was the dog. Nice to put next the the loo, perhaps, but not at all that valuable.Published on June 2, 2010 by Ric Dragon
This book is thinner and smaller than I expected. It's about the size of your hand. The illustrations and information grpahics are really interesting. Read morePublished on January 18, 2010 by R. Pezdek
The book was in near perfect condition and arrived just before Christmas. Thanks! Great and easy transaction!Published on January 9, 2010 by T. C. Wiltz