The order of things: how everything in the world is organized-- into hierarchies, structures, & pecking orders

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Random House, May 1, 1998 - Business & Economics - 389 pages
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Your reference search begins and ends here The Order of Thingsis a new kind of reference book for a new information age. Whether you're disputing answers to your favorite board game, helping your child prepare for a test or freshening up on your party trivia, this will be the only reference book you'll need to consult. This brilliantly conceived and eclectic compilation of hard-to-find information is an unprecedented new resource -- perfect for game buffs, know-it-alls and lovers of knowledge. Classification expert Barbara Ann Kipfer gives you more than 400 informative lists, hierarchies and illustrations divided into thirteen essential areas of knowledge: Earth Sciences     Life Sciences Physical Sciences Mathematics and Measurements Technology Religion History Social Sciences Business and Economics The Arts Domestic Life Sports and Recreation General Knowledge A sampling of the information you'll find uniquely compiled in this single volume: the arrangement of the human skeleton the dimensions of a tennis court table settings phases of the moon the significance of the digits on a check hierarchy of angels

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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 It may have been useful when published a decade ago, but it's been superseded by the internet.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, Ph.D., is a lexicographer who has authored or compiled more than forty books, including the "Dictionary of American Slang" (with Robert L. Chapman), "The Order of Things", "Writer's Digest Flip Dictionary", and the bestselling "14,000 Things to Be Happy About". She received her doctorate in linguistics from England's University of Exeter.

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