The Knowledge Book

The Knowledge Book

Everything You Need to Know to Get by in the 21st Century

By National Geographic (Manufactured by)

National Geographic Society, Paperback, 9781426205187, 400pp.

Publication Date: September 15, 2009

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.

About the Author
National Geographic is a renowned authority in cartographic excellence. For 119 years the Society's maps have helped spread geographic knowledge around the globe. A vast database allows National Geographic to combine the latest data gained by space-age technology with innovative digital mapping techniques to create state-of-the-art political, physical, and thematic maps. The Society's meticulous research and attention to detail have established a standard of achievement that is unparalleled.

Praise For The Knowledge Book

" its exuberance, design and coverage, more like a well-designed website than a traditional reference...feels remarkably complete."Kirkus