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Order of Things, The: Hierarchies, Structures, and Pecking Orders (edition 1996)

by Barbara Ann Kipfer

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Member:Lilaena
Title:Order of Things, The: Hierarchies, Structures, and Pecking Orders
Authors:Barbara Ann Kipfer
Info:Random House Reference (1996), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 389 pages
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Rating:*****
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Subtitle: "How Everything in the World is Organized Into Hierarchies, Structures, and Pecking Orders"

Preface: "From the inner workings of the smallest things to the complex system of the universe, The Order of Things is an attempt to cover all those things that we ourselves have organized, or what we have found naturally organized, into:
hierarchies
structures
orders
classifications
branches
scales
divisions
successions
sequences
rankings."

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Chapters: Earth Sciences & Geography; Life Sciences; Physical Sciences; Technology; Mathematics & Measurement; Religion; History; Society & Economy; The Arts; Domestic Life; Sports & Recreation; and General Knowledge

If you LOVE Lists (especially scientifically ordered ones), this is the book for you. There are numerous B&W illustrations, but I would have preferred colored photos.... as this book is more of a textbook than a pleasure read. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
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. ( )
  benuathanasia | Sep 12, 2012 |
This is a fun book to thumb through, but as noted, I've found a couple of mistakes which gives me a bit of hesitation in actually relying on the information. Average four stars for fun and volume of information, and one star for questionable reliability. ( )
  Dogberryjr | Nov 23, 2009 |
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 It may have been useful when published a decade ago, but it's been superseded by the internet. ( )
1 vote IreneF | Oct 8, 2008 |
Many of us heard of this book by reading David Sedaris' memoir Me Talk Pretty One Day. What the book consists of is lists, lists, and more lists assembled by an experienced lexicographer of ideas: knots, alphabets, architectural elements, leaders of state, anatomy, and more.

The only thing keeping me from endorsing this book as a five-star must-have is the number of mistakes that made it into the book and the lack of an errata sheet easily findable online. Also note that some facts, especially things like lists of prime ministers, only go up through 2001, so you may need a more conventional almanac (online or off) as well. These problems make this book too weak for study (e.g. for quiz bowl). However, it is great for casual browsing, writer brainstorming, etc., where you can then confirm details elsewhere if they become important.

Highly recommended, with reservations noted above. ( )
1 vote chellerystick | Jan 24, 2008 |
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"Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November. All the rest have thirty-one, except February. Which has four and twenty-four. And every leap year one day more.

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Willy, Willy, Harry, Ste, Harry, Dick , John, Harry three, One, Two, Three Neds, Richard two, Henry Four, Five, six--then who? Edward Four, Five, Dick the Bad, Harries twain and Ned the Lad. Mary, Bessie, James the Vain, Charlie, Charlie and James again. William and Mary, Anna Gloria, Four Georges, William and Victoria, Ned Seventh ruled till 1910, When George the Fifth came in, and then Ned went when Mrs. Simpson beckoned, leaving George and Liz the Second.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0761150447, Paperback)

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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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.… (more)

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