Barbara Ann Kipfer has elevated the list to high art and bestselling pleasure. A foremost expert of classification, in The Order of Things, she does for life what her previous books do for happiness and wisdom―organize it in a way that is brilliantly conceived.
The The Order of Things is practical, entertaining, eclectic, and impossible to put down. Beginning with Earth―Smog Alert States, Rain Forest Layers, Coal Sizes― and ending with General Knowledge and Philosophy (the I Ching's 64 "chapters," Ludwig Wittgenstein's four-step Method of Overcoming Puzzlement), it is a 14-chapter taxonomy of the world as we know it:
· The Seven Hills of Rome, the Seven Deadly Sins, the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Seven Dwarfs―check.
· The belt degrees of karate and judo, weight classes of professional and amateur boxing, flower names of the golf holes at Augusta―check.
· The hierarchy of the FBI, publication order of Shakespeare's plays, cuts of beef, Freud's divisions of the human psyche, order of rank in world armies and navies, Jupiter's satellites, ships' bells, traditional and modern wine measures, blood-pressure levels, fastest animals―check.
A completely indispensable reference―check.
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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.
? 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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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.
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