The Order of Things: How Everything in the World is Organized-- Into Hierarchies, Structures, & Pecking Orders

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Random House, 1997 - Reference - 389 pages
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The Order of Things is the first reference book to capture the human mind's perceptions of the order of its surroundings. Organization - the most basic component of civilization, nature, and the universe - is displayed brilliantly in this romp through the world of reference categories. Almost everything you can think of that represents an underlying order - whether natural or man-made - is included in this book's more than 400 lists, hierarchies, and illustrations. Whether you want to know which are the world's longest rivers, highest mountains, or largest cities; or would like to find a list of the recycling codes on plastic containers, of the popular names of animal groups, the birthstones for each month of the year, or the dynasties of ancient Egypt and China, The Order of Things is the one reference book to consult.

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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 It may have been useful when published a decade ago, but it's been superseded by the internet.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


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Barbara Ann Kipfer has prepared classification systems for the Yellow Pages of three major corporations and for two major encyclopedia companies, Grolier and Columbia University Press. Her publications include 14,000 Things To Be Happy About, Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Sisson's World and Expression Locator, 1,400 Things for Kids To Be Happy About, and Workbook on Lexicography. Kipfer received her Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Linguistics from the University of Exeter.

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