The Order of Things: Hierarchies, Structures and Pecking Orders for the Voraciously Curious

The Order of Things: Hierarchies, Structures and Pecking Orders for the Voraciously Curious


By (author) Barbara Ann Kipfer

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  • Publisher: Workman Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 720 pages
  • Dimensions: 102mm x 152mm x 48mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 6 December 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0761150447
  • ISBN 13: 9780761150442
  • Illustrations note: line drawings
  • Sales rank: 328,428

Product description

"The Order of Things" collects and organizes the world into succinct, easy-to-read lists of sets and subsets, such as atmospheric layers, climate zones, Jupiter's satellites, Dante's levels of Hell, the Braille alphabet, U.S. Army and Navy rankings, and even what all those numbers mean at the bottom of bank checks. It's both a quick reference and an invaluable source for trivia nuts - with chapters on earth, life, and physical sciences; technology; mathematics & measurements; religion; world leaders; society & social institutions; business & economics; the arts; domestic life; sports & recreation; and general knowledge & philosophy. Never overwhelming, always charming, this isn't just another reference book, it's the reference book.

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An eclectic, surprising, and utterly entertaining compendium, "The Order of Things" compiles a very astonishing diversity of information the natural, the social, the mathematical, the mystical into hundreds of charts, systems, lists, and hierarchies. From Barbara Ann Kipfer, who mastered the art of the list with her bestselling "14,000 Things to Be Happy About," this is a book for browsing, for research, and for the sheer pleasure of learning new things. "