The know itall one mans humble quest to become the smartest person in the world by a j jacobs dont worry its not a cliffs notes version of the encyclopedia
The Know-It-All: One Mans Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A. J. Jacobs Trivia-MindedYou go to school. You work hard. You go to university. You learn a lot.Youre pretty pleased with yourself. Youre erudite, well-read and know awhole bunch of obscure facts guaranteed at some point to appear in thequestions on Mastermind or University Challenge. Then you get a job, andten years later you stumble over Beckett but are eloquent about BigBrother and you discuss Kyle like you used to discuss Kierkegaard. Soundfamiliar? Well it happened to AJ Jacobs too. But he decided to dosomething about it. An editor at Esquire, Jacobs had built up animpressive knowledge of celebrity trivia - the cure was going to take a longtime. It was big - 33,000 pages, it was heavy - 9 stone. It was theEncyclopaedia Britannica. Join Jacobs on his journey of discovery as helearns every known fact - however arcane - in the entire world.Sympathise with his long-suffering wife. Share his glee at finding amistake. Wince with embarrassment as he fails to get into Mensa - evenarmed with all this information, and blows it on Who Wants to Be aMillionaire? Grimace as he pathetically attempts to turn every dinner partyconversation to topics beginning with A - hed only just begun then. ImagineBill Bryson meeting Schotts Original Miscellany and Woody Allen at a party- thats The Know-It-All. Part assemblage of fascinating trivia, part journeythrough adulthood, all laugh-out-loud funny. A. J. Jacobs performed a feat few people have ever attempted. In thespan of one year he totally read the prestigious "Encyclopedia Britannica".He points out trivia and humorous facts. Jacobs concludes that knowing avast totality of isolated facts doesnt bestow wisdom upon a person. Factsmust be coupled with ideas, insight, astute perception, abstract thought,flexibility, imagination and logic. Consequently, comprehensively readingthis stalwart encyclopedia will render great knowledge but not the greatestof all knowlege: intellect molded by wisdom.
"The Know-It-All" is a fantastic book. It is a stupendous intellectualadventure. I highly recommend Jacobs book to everyone who is in lovewith knowledge and education. A. J. Jacobs in the final analysis provesthat although a person may attempt to become a "know-it-all" they actuallybecome a "know a lot" person. In regards to the seemingly infinite amountof knowlege still unsurveyed by human beings in the universe all of wehumans are as the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates asserted: "All weknow is that we know nothing". Jacobs herculean encyclopedic reading accomplishment causes me toreminisce about the time back in the 1970s when I completely read the"World Book Encyclopedia". I did not own the "Encyclopedia Britannica" atthat time. If I had I would have exhaustively read it. I also read thecomplete fifty four volume set of Dr. Mortimer Adlers compilation of the"Great Books of the Western World". In addition I totally read the massivelythick "The Encyclopedia of Philosophy" that was edited by Paul Edwards.Cogitating about the academic contents of three encyclopedic sets wasenough intellectual food for thought to boggle the mind. I implore you to read "The Know-It-All". Even if you should neverattempt the intellectual mountain climbing ascent that Jacobs did at leastyou will have read of Jacobs scaling the Mt. Everest peak of book factsand viewing the awe-inspiring panoramic scene from the pinnacle. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price:The Know-It-All: One Mans Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A. J. Jacobs - 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!