The Knowledge Book: Everything You Need to Know to Get by in the 21st Century
Indispensable for every home, library, and office, The Knowledge Book distills thousands of years of humankind’s most significant ideas and achievements explains how they are linked and why they are importantand packs everything into a single, irresistibly readable volume. The richly illustrated pages burst with essential facts from all major fields of knowledge: science, technology, philosophy, art, religion, economics, and more.
Loaded with cross-referencing, fact boxes, and other helpful features, the book is topically organized into five sections: Earth and Space; Mathematics and the Sciences; Politics and Economics; Religion, Philosophy, and Psychology; and the Arts. An introductory spread opens each section, summarizing its biggest ideas and discoveries. Time lines and fact boxes place events in the context of history, while sidebars add interesting details on processes, inventions, and artistic techniques. Famous personalities are introduced in highlighted columns. Finally, each section ends with a notation that lists the major issues to be resolved in our day. Color-coded tabs guide readers through the book and support this innovative and accessible approach.
More than a thousand vibrant images captivate readers who enjoy visual learning and function as a colorful catalog of essential knowledge.
A look at the REVISED paperback edition
By Brian T "The Coolest Movies" - November 4, 2010
REVIEWER'S NOTE: This review was originally posted as a response to the review by F.J. Logan. That review was originally posted to Amazon's listing for the HARDCOVER edition of this book. Typically, and frustratingly, when National Geographic published this HEAVILY REVISED paperback edition, Amazon simply ported all the reviews for the hardcover edition over to the paperback listing, thus providing it with a set of reviews that, for the most part, DO NOT APPLY
Anyways, the content below addresses all of the issues raised by F.J. Logan in his review, as well as a couple of his own ERRORS, and points out other areas where the book has been MASSIVELY OVERHAULED. As it now stands, the Knowledge Book is truly one of National Geographic's best reference volumes, and well worth the purchase price. It's also a fair bit smaller dimensionally than it's predecessor, which is a boon to extended armchair enjoyment of the contents!
So, as I was saying to F.J. Logan (who'll... read more
The Knowledge Book: Amateurish in the Extreme
By F. J. Logan - October 31, 2008
The Knowledge Book is remarkably and variously un-knowledgeable.
Little things: grammar, punctuation, diction, and sentence structure are very shaky indeed. For example, we learn (p. 74) that Lisbon had the misfortune to be hit by a tsunami and consequently was, not just submerged, but "submerged UNDER WATER" [my emphases]. For example (p. 106), we learn that, "when THEY hatch, THE PARENTS feed the chicks . . . ." [my emphases: who's hatching?] We encounter this sort of carelessness on almost every page. Also, the wealth of spell-checker betrayals demonstrates that the writers don't know and maybe don't care about the meanings of the words they use ("affect" and "effect," e.g., are obviously deep mysteries to them). As a result of this general sloppiness, the reader is greeted by redundancies and ambiguities and instances of vagueness on nearly every page, and must try to ignore this gnat-swarm as he or she slogs along.
I bought this book for myself about a year ago, and occasionally pick random things to read. I am very happy with the amount of material and breath.
I decided to get one for a gift, and found the "Most Helpful Customer Review" from F.J. Logan from somewhere new on the planet (New Zeakand).
I just couldn't understand why there are so many bad reviews.
I started to read my copy and compare it to those listed. I might have a revised copy, but the date is 2007.
In part as a response to FJ, my page 106 is titled "Reptiles", and 107 is titled "Birds" so, even though I don't have the same "when THEY hatch, THE PARENTS feed the chicks . . . ." in my copy... I can figure that the page is all about birds.
Also, as FJ points out "we learn (p. 114) that panda bears are predators although they are herbivores." I think he may be confusing the term predator with carnivore.
Last one from FJ - Page 66: ("EVERY SINGLE THING [my... read more
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