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

Author: Jack Lynch
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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. 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Geschiedenis (vorm)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jack Lynch
ISBN: 9780802777522 080277752X
OCLC Number: 898418972
Description: 453 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of color plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
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.
Other Titles: Reference shelf, from ancient Babylon to Wikipedia
Responsibility: Jack Lynch.

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"An illuminating exploration of reference books through time and across cultures, from the Babylonian code of Hammurabi to Wikipedia"--Front jacket flap.  Read more...

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