The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge: A Desk Reference for the Curious Mind

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Macmillan, 2004年11月5日 - 1096 頁
The new standard in reference from the nation's leading newspaper:
A thorough, authoritative, easy-to-use guide offering deeper coverage on a broad range of essential subjects.

Whether you are researching the history of the world, interested in learning more about an obscure medical procedure, exploring environmental trends, studying a great work of literature, looking for tips on how to improve your crossword puzzle skills, or just trying to gain a deeper understanding of the latest current events, this book is for you. An indispensable resource for every home, office, dorm room, and library, The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge includes insightful sidebars by Times writers, and covers major categories including art, astronomy, business, sports, history, medicine, philosophy, photography, biology, film, and much more!

Years in the making, this one volume is designed to offer more information than any other book on the most popular subjects as well as providing easy-to-access data vital for everyday living. It is the only comprehensive reference book to include authoritative, engaging in-depth essays from experts in almost every field of endeavor, with innovative cross-referencing to allow for to even greater understanding.

Featuring:
- Biographical dictionary of nearly one thousand of the most important people of every field
- Writers Guide to grammar, usage and style
- The United States Constitution
- The most complete sports section of any one-volume reference book
- A thirty-thousand-word history of the world
- Crossword dictionary

Contributors include:
- Jane Brody on health matters
- Dennis Overbye on the Big Bang
- Linda Greenhouse on the Supreme Court today
- Andrew Revkin on the state of the world's environment
- John Noble Wilford on the oldest human fossil
- Michael Kimmelman on the origins of photography
- Will Shortz on crosswords
- Natalie Angier on war
- Nicholas Wade on how life began

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內容

Architecture
2
Religion
5
Islam
12
Dance
17
International Film
30
Glossary of Film Terms
37
Other World Religions
40
History of American Popular Music
61
Mesopotamian Mythology
479
Musical Instruments
502
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
530
History of Biology
548
By Sandra Blakeslee
562
By Nicholas Wade
568
History of Chemistry
577
History of Geology
593

The Man Who Made Jazz Hot
70
Jelly Roll Morton By Stephen Kinzer
76
Music Symbols and Notation
84
Painting and Sculpture
88
History of Art in the Western Tradition
95
Photography
104
Digital Photography
111
Economics
119
of Servitude By Louis Uchitelle
127
By Hal Varian
133
Finance
158
Geography
171
53
175
History
209
547
221
Is War Our Biological Destiny?
271
American History
287
A Brief History of
293
The Supreme Court Federalism
305
World Literature
337
Mathematics
390
Numbers and Number Systems
396
Media
403
Print Media
430
Success Stories Abound in Efforts
448
Diagnostic Tests
462
Mythology
470
Physics
605
Demolition Derby of Physics Jars Loose
612
Glossary of Physics Terms
619
Psychology
625
Common Treatments
631
Human or Computer? Take This Test
645
645
671
Basketball
686
Football
697
Ice Hockey
710
Golf
717
Tennis
725
Soccer
734
Olympic Games
745
Olympic Archaeology by John Noble Wilford
752
Swimming
760
883
767
This
783
Languages
801
Nations of the World
813
568
819
U S States and Cities
861
572
878
Awards Prizes
921
948
1094
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The Staff of The New York Times, introduction by John Leonard

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