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The Resource You could look it up : the reference shelf from ancient Babylon to Wikipedia, Jack Lynch

You could look it up : the reference shelf from ancient Babylon to Wikipedia, Jack Lynch

Label
You could look it up : the reference shelf from ancient Babylon to Wikipedia
Title
You could look it up
Title remainder
the reference shelf from ancient Babylon to Wikipedia
Statement of responsibility
Jack Lynch
Title variation
Reference shelf, from ancient Babylon to Wikipedia
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 stories behind these great works and their contents, and the way they have influenced each other. From The Code of Hammurabi, the earliest known compendium of laws in ancient Babylon almost two millennia before Christ to Pliny's Natural History; from the 11th-century Domesday Book recording land holdings in England to Abraham Ortelius's first atlas of the world; from Samuel Johnson's A 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
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lynch, Jack
Dewey number
028.709
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
Z1035.1
LC item number
.L96 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Reference books
  • Encyclopedias and dictionaries
  • Encyclopedias and dictionaries
  • Reference books
  • Naslagwerken
Label
You could look it up : the reference shelf from ancient Babylon to Wikipedia, Jack Lynch
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 401-424) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Looking it up -- Justice in the Earth: Laws of the ancient world -- Of making many books: Information overload -- In the beginning was the word: The first dictionaries -- A fraction of the total: Counting reference books -- The history of nature: Science in antiquity -- Easy as ABC: The rise (and fall?) of alphabetical order -- Round Earth's imagined corners: Mapping the world -- The invention of the codex -- The circle of the sciences: Ancient encyclopedias -- The dictionary gets its day in court -- Leechcraft: Medieval medicine -- Plagiarism: The crime of literary theft -- New Worlds: Cartography in an age of discovery -- Tell me how you organize your books -- Admirable artifice: Computers before computers -- To bring people together: Societies -- The infirmity of human nature: Guides to error -- Ignorance, pure ignorance: Of omissions, ambiguities, and plain old blunders -- Guarding the avenues of language: Dictionaries in the eighteenth century -- Of ghosts and Mountweazels -- The way of faith: Guidelines for believers -- Who's who and what's what: Making the cut -- Erotic recreations: Sex manuals -- The boys' club -- Collecting knowledge into the smallest areas: The great encyclopedias -- Dictionary or encyclopedia? -- Of redheads and Babus: Dictionaries and empire -- A small army: Collaborative endeavors -- Killing time: Games and sports -- Out of print -- Monuments of erudition: The great national dictionaries -- Counting editions -- Grecian glory, Roman grandeur: Victorian eyes on the ancient world -- Lost projects: What might have been -- Words telling their own stories: The historical dictionaries -- Overlong and overdue -- An Alms-Basket of words: The reference book as salvation -- Reading the dictionary -- Modern materia medica: Staying healthy -- Incomplete and abandoned projects -- The foundation stone: Library catalogs -- Index learning -- The good life: The arts and high society -- Some unlikely reference books -- Presumed purity: Science in a scientific age -- At no extra cost! The business of reference books -- Full and authoritative information: Doctrine for the modern world -- Unpersons: Damnatio memoriae -- Nothing special: Books for browsers -- Epilogue: The world's information: The encyclopedia dream
Control code
898418972
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
453 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of color plates
Isbn
9780802777522
Lccn
2016479392
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)898418972
Label
You could look it up : the reference shelf from ancient Babylon to Wikipedia, Jack Lynch
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 401-424) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Looking it up -- Justice in the Earth: Laws of the ancient world -- Of making many books: Information overload -- In the beginning was the word: The first dictionaries -- A fraction of the total: Counting reference books -- The history of nature: Science in antiquity -- Easy as ABC: The rise (and fall?) of alphabetical order -- Round Earth's imagined corners: Mapping the world -- The invention of the codex -- The circle of the sciences: Ancient encyclopedias -- The dictionary gets its day in court -- Leechcraft: Medieval medicine -- Plagiarism: The crime of literary theft -- New Worlds: Cartography in an age of discovery -- Tell me how you organize your books -- Admirable artifice: Computers before computers -- To bring people together: Societies -- The infirmity of human nature: Guides to error -- Ignorance, pure ignorance: Of omissions, ambiguities, and plain old blunders -- Guarding the avenues of language: Dictionaries in the eighteenth century -- Of ghosts and Mountweazels -- The way of faith: Guidelines for believers -- Who's who and what's what: Making the cut -- Erotic recreations: Sex manuals -- The boys' club -- Collecting knowledge into the smallest areas: The great encyclopedias -- Dictionary or encyclopedia? -- Of redheads and Babus: Dictionaries and empire -- A small army: Collaborative endeavors -- Killing time: Games and sports -- Out of print -- Monuments of erudition: The great national dictionaries -- Counting editions -- Grecian glory, Roman grandeur: Victorian eyes on the ancient world -- Lost projects: What might have been -- Words telling their own stories: The historical dictionaries -- Overlong and overdue -- An Alms-Basket of words: The reference book as salvation -- Reading the dictionary -- Modern materia medica: Staying healthy -- Incomplete and abandoned projects -- The foundation stone: Library catalogs -- Index learning -- The good life: The arts and high society -- Some unlikely reference books -- Presumed purity: Science in a scientific age -- At no extra cost! The business of reference books -- Full and authoritative information: Doctrine for the modern world -- Unpersons: Damnatio memoriae -- Nothing special: Books for browsers -- Epilogue: The world's information: The encyclopedia dream
Control code
898418972
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
453 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of color plates
Isbn
9780802777522
Lccn
2016479392
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)898418972

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