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The Reference Shelf, From Ancient Babylon to Wikipedia

Book - 2016
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"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. The captivating 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."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury Press,, 2016
ISBN: 9780802777522
Branch Call Number: 028.709 LYN
Characteristics: 453 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm


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ser_library Jul 14, 2016

interesting, informative and enjoyable for librarians and all who are interested in "information"

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