The Order of Things

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

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"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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 720 pages
  • 101.6 x 152.4 x 48.26mm | 340.19g
  • Workman Publishing
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • line drawings
  • 0761150447
  • 9780761150442
  • 293,763

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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. "show more