You could look it up : the reference shelf, from ancient Babylon to Wikipedia / Jack Lynch
Book | 2016
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453 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 401-442) and index.
Contents
Ch.0 Prologue: Looking It Up
Ch.1 Justice in the Earth: Laws of the Ancient World
Ch.1.5 Of Making Many Books: Information Overload
Ch.2 In the Beginning Was the Word: The First Dictionaries
Ch.2.5 A Fraction of the Total: Counting Reference Books
Ch.3 The History of Nature: Science in Antiquity
Ch.3.5 Easy as ABC: The Rise (and Fall?) of Alphabetical Order
Ch.4 Round Earth's Imagined Corners: Mapping the World
Ch.4.5 The Invention of the Codex
Ch.5 The Circle of the Sciences: Ancient Encyclopedias
Ch.5.5 The Dictionary Gets Its Day in Court
Ch.6 Leechcraft: Medieval Medicine
Ch.6.5 Plagiarism: The Crime of Literary Theft
Ch.7 New World: Cartography in an Age of Discovery
Ch.7.5 Tell Me How You Organize Your Books
Ch.8 Admirable Artifice: Computers before Computers
Ch.8.5 To Bring People Together: Societies
Ch.9 The Infirmity of Human Nature: Guides to Error
Ch.9.5 Ignorance, Pure Ignorance: Of Omissions, Ambiguities, and Plain Old Blunders
Ch.10 Gurading the Avenues of Language: Dictionaries in the Eighteenth Century
Ch.10.5 Of Ghosts and Mountweazels
Ch.11 The Way of Faith: Guidelines for Believers
Ch.11.5 Who's Who and What's What: Making the Cut
Ch.12 Erotic Recreations: Sex Manuals
Ch.12.5 The Boys' Club
Ch.13 Collecting Knowledge into the Smallest Areas: The Great Encyclopedias
Ch.13.5 Dictionary or Encyclopedia?
Ch.14 Of Redheads and Babus: Dictionaries and Empire
Ch.14.5 A Small Army: Collaborative Endeavors
Ch.15 Killing Time: Games and Sports
Ch.15.5 Out of Print
Ch.16 Monuments of Erudition: The Great National Dictionaries
Ch.16.5 Counting Editions
Ch.17 Grecian Glory, Roman Grandeur: Victorian Eyes on the Ancient World
Ch.17.5 Lost Projects: What Might Have Been
Ch.18 Words Telling Their Own Stories: The Historical Dictionaries
Ch.18.5 Overlong and Overdue
Ch.19 An Alms-Basket of Words: The Reference Book as Salvation
Ch.19.5 Reading the Dictionary
Ch.20 Modern Materia Medica: Staying Healthy
Ch.20.5 Incomplete and Abandoned Projects
Ch.21 The Foundation Stone: Library Catalogs
Ch.21.5 Index Learning
Ch.22 The Good Life: The Arts and High Society
Ch.22.5 Some Unlikely Reference Books
Ch.23 Presumed Purity: Sicence in a Scientific Age
Ch.23.5 At Not Extra Cost! The Business of Reference Books
Ch.24 Full and Authoritative Information: Doctrine for the Modern World
Ch.24.5 Unpersons: Damnatio Memoriae
Ch.25 Nothing Special: Books for Browsers
Epilogue: The World's Information: The Encyclopedic Dream
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 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." -- Publisher's website
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