The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge: A Desk Reference for the Curious Mind

Front Cover
Macmillan, Nov 5, 2004 - Reference - 1096 pages
2 Reviews
The new standard in reference from the nation's leading newspaper:
A thorough, authoritative, easy-to-use guide offering deeper coverage on a broad range of essential subjects.

Whether you are researching the history of the world, interested in learning more about an obscure medical procedure, exploring environmental trends, studying a great work of literature, looking for tips on how to improve your crossword puzzle skills, or just trying to gain a deeper understanding of the latest current events, this book is for you. An indispensable resource for every home, office, dorm room, and library, The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge includes insightful sidebars by Times writers, and covers major categories including art, astronomy, business, sports, history, medicine, philosophy, photography, biology, film, and much more!

Years in the making, this one volume is designed to offer more information than any other book on the most popular subjects as well as providing easy-to-access data vital for everyday living. It is the only comprehensive reference book to include authoritative, engaging in-depth essays from experts in almost every field of endeavor, with innovative cross-referencing to allow for to even greater understanding.

Featuring:
- Biographical dictionary of nearly one thousand of the most important people of every field
- Writers Guide to grammar, usage and style
- The United States Constitution
- The most complete sports section of any one-volume reference book
- A thirty-thousand-word history of the world
- Crossword dictionary

Contributors include:
- Jane Brody on health matters
- Dennis Overbye on the Big Bang
- Linda Greenhouse on the Supreme Court today
- Andrew Revkin on the state of the world's environment
- John Noble Wilford on the oldest human fossil
- Michael Kimmelman on the origins of photography
- Will Shortz on crosswords
- Natalie Angier on war
- Nicholas Wade on how life began
 

What people are saying - Write a review

The New York times guide to essential knowledge: a desk reference for the curious mind

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Want to ensure large sales for a reference book? Use the terms "essential" or "authoritative" in the title and invoke the name of a venerable library or media institution. To be sure, some books that ... Read full review

Contents

Architecture
2
NonWestern Architecture
12
Classical Galb By Anna Kisselgoff
21
Music
40
Musical Forms
53
History of American Popular Music
61
Jelly Roll Morton By Stephen Kinzer
70
World Music
78
to Prevent and Control Cancer By Jane E Brady
448
Diagnostic Tests
462
Mythology
469
Mesopotamian Mythology
479
Religion
495
Islam
506
Other World Religions
513
The Bible
519

Music Symbols and Notation
84
Photography
104
Light Was Captured By Michael Kimmelman
106
Digitaf Photography
113
of Servitude By Louis UchiteUe
127
By Hal Varian
133
Law
293
Criminal Law and Civil Law
299
After 911 Bv Linda Greenhouse
305
Literature and Drama
337
English Poetry
348
The English Novel
354
Literature Bv Michiko Kakutani
366
History of Westem Drama
374
World Theater
384
History of Mathematics
390
Numbers and Number Systems
396
Media
404
Print Media
430
ABrief History of Medicine
436
Disease
442
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
530
the Universe By Dennis Overbye
547
By Sandra Blakeslee
562
ByNicholas Wade
568
Back Human Origins By John Noblc Wiford
604
Clues on Subatomic Glue Byjames Glanz
612
By Sara Robinson
645
in Unison By Steve Lohr
657
Sports
671
Basketball
686
Football
697
Ice Hockey
710
Golf
717
Tennis
725
Soccer
734
Olympic Games
745
Olympic Archaeology by John Noble Wilford
752
Swimming
760
A REFERENCE LIBRARY
767
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2004)

The Staff of The New York Times, introduction by John Leonard

Bibliographic information