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You Could Look It Up : The Reference Shelf from Ancient Babylon to Wikipedia (Hardcover) (Jack Lynch)

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"Knowledge is of two kinds," said Samuel Johnson in 1775. "We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it." Today we think of Wikipedia as the source of all information, the ultimate reference. Yet it is just the latest in a long line of aggregated knowledge--reference works that have shaped the way we've seen the world for centuries.You Could Look It Up chronicles the captivating stories behind these great works and their contents, and the way they have influenced each other. FromThe Code of Hammurabi, the earliest known compendium of laws in ancient Babylon almost two millennia before Christ to Pliny'sNatural History; from the 11th-century Domesday Book recording land holdings in England to Abraham Ortelius's first atlas of the world; from Samuel Johnson'sA Dictionary of the English Language to The Whole Earth Catalog to Google, Jack Lynch illuminates the human stories and accomplishment behind each, as well as its enduring impact on civilization. In the process, he offers new insight into the value of knowledge.

Number of Pages: 453
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: Reference
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: St Martins Pr
Author: Jack Lynch
Language: English
Street Date: February 23, 2016
TCIN: 50374425
UPC: 9780802777522
Item Number (DPCI): 248-06-2639

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