The Order of Things: Hierarchies, Structures, and Pecking Orders

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Workman Publishing, Nov 22, 2008 - Reference - 615 pages
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Utterly compelling!
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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User Review  - benuathanasia - LibraryThing

An interesting collection. All of this is, of course, available free on-line, but it's the 'collective' aspect of it that's interesting. It's a fun little curiosity to have around. Read full review

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User Review  - IreneF - LibraryThing

I was horribly disappointed with this book. It is not about the order of things. It's a reference book of lists of things. And it's not even accurate. It may have been useful when published a decade ago, but it's been superseded by the internet. Read full review

Contents

THE EARTH
1
THE NATURAL WORLD
47
TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGY
101
MATHEMATICS MEASUREMENTS
143
RELIGION
181
WORLD RULERS
229
GOVERNMENT MILITARY
355
SOCIETY SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS
403
THE ARTS
449
BUSINESS ECONOMICS
485
HOME LIFE
503
SPORTS RECREATION
533
GENERAL KNOWLEDGE PHILOSOPHY
575
INDEX
598
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Barbara Ann Kipfer is the author of numerous Workman books including 14,000 Things to be Happy About. She is a lexicographer and author whose many works include thesauri and other reference books, spiritually themed books, and list books. She lives in New England. Her website is thingstobehappyabout.com.


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