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Chambers Book of Facts Hardcover – 30 Jun 2000

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  • Hardcover: 795 pages
  • Publisher: Chambers; Revised edition edition (30 Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0550140204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0550140203
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 16.2 x 5.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,467,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First published in 1992 and updated in 2000 Chambers Book of Facts is part single volume, compact encyclopaedia and part a close relation of Whitaker's Almanack, with elements of The Guinness Book of Records and Bartholomew World Atlas thrown in for good measure.

Chambers Book of Facts is laid out in 13 sections--not randomly alphabetical like an encyclopaedia which puts Halley's comet next to hallmark or Scunthorpe immediately before scurvy. Instead it has headings such as Communication, Sports and Games, Space, Natural History and Arts and Culture. But there's a comprehensive index to help you find exactly what you want.

Who discovered insulin? Nicolas Pualesco, a Romanian in 1921. That's listed under dozens of "Important discoveries in medicine" in the Human Life section. Want information about the 26 cantons of Switzerland including their size, population and the name of the capital? It's all in the Social Structure section. And who was king of the Netherlands in 1580? William the Silent. That's in the immensely detailed History section.

Did you know, moreover that Seth was an Egyptian God "depicted as a strange being with a forked tail, a long gaunt body, huge ears and protruding eyes?" He represented all evils and, the Egyptians believed, was the cause of all disasters. That information is in the "Figures of myth and legend" part of the Thought and Belief Section.

Chambers Book of Facts claims to contain 160,000 facts, although few readers would bother to count. It's a useful easy-access reference book for anyone who needs or likes to check facts. It would be a boon to quiz setters too. --Susan Elkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By maggymccloy@aol.com on 3 Dec. 2001
Format: Hardcover
Originally bought to help me do crosswords, this book is constantly on my coffee table, not just for show but to be a continual delight: foreign phrases, the Greek alphabet all the things you wish you knew and all very easy to look up in their catorgories. Ideal present for people who would welcome an easy dip into general knowledge. Also covered: film stars, scientists, sports and politics. Sounds like an encyclopedia? Well it's much less daunting and much more fun!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Thomas on 27 Jun. 2012
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I received a book in a filthy condition. This item was bought as NEW. The top of the page edges are dirty and the back of the jacket is filthy with tatty edges.
I bought this item as a present, but I am too disgusted with it's condition to give it.
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