Lifelong Dewey

Reading through every Dewey Decimal section.

Category: 310s

317: Datapedia of the United States, edited by George Kurian

DDC_317

317.3: Kurian, George Thomas, Ed. Datapedia of the United States, 1790-2005: America Year By Year. Lanham, MD: Bernan Press, 2001. 557 pp. ISBN 0-89059-256-X.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 300: Social Sciences
  • 310: Statistics
  • 317: General statistics of North America
  • 317.3: General statistics of United States

If there’s anything that’s sure to flock readers to your book, it’s five hundred pages of data tables. George Kurian’s Datapedia of the United States is a monumental undertaking. He has curated data from hundreds of sources and collated them into different tables and graphs to show how the United States has changed statistically over the past 215 years. He organizes this information into 25 different major groups, ranging from general stats to agriculture to manufacturing to government. If there’s a statistic you’re looking for, it’s probably in here. Each section starts off with an array of interesting factoids, and then he dives headfirst into the data. Here’s just a sample:

Read the rest of this entry »

315: On an Average Day in Japan by Tom Heymann

DDC_315

315.7: Heymann, Tom. On An Average Day in Japan. New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1992. 206 pp. ISBN 0-449-90607-8.

Dewey Construction:

  • 300: Social Sciences
  • 310: General statistics
  • 315: General statistics of Asia
  • 315.7: General statistics of Japan

This is another one of Tom Heymann’s collections of demographic statistics. Only a few special writers have ever made statistics/demographics interesting. Tom Heymann isn’t one of them. On An Average Day in Japan is a dated collection of demographics about the Japanese people and what happens on the average day. Each page has a quick set of stats on consumerism, medical behavior, births and deaths, addiction, news media, etc. Most of the figures given are then contrasted with the same general measure for the American population. Read it if you have to; skip it of you don’t.

314: On An Average Day in The Soviet Union by Tom Heymann

314.7: Heymann, Tom. On An Average Day in The Soviet Union. New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1990. 220 pp. ISBN 0-449-90492-X.

Dewey Construction:

  • 300: Social Sciences
  • 310: General Statistics
  • 314: General Statistics of Europe
  • 314.7: General Statistics of Eastern Europe and Russia

When I came to the realization that I had to read a book concerning the general statistics of Europe, I was already bracing myself for a snooze-fest. Only a few special writers have ever made statistics/demographics interesting. Tom Heymann isn’t one of them. Heymann has written four or five books on population demographics, including a collection on Japan, the U.S. Census, and the average human day. This one is no different.

Read the rest of this entry »