Terra Maxima

Terra Maxima

The Records of Humankind

Book - 2013
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Examines the greatest achievements of humankind, with ranking lists to provide at-a-glance overviews, covering such topics as the most widely used languages, technological successes of the modern age, and the largest buildings.

Firefly Books Ltd
The greatest achievements of humankind in one stunning volume.

The greatest achievements of humankind in one stunning volume.

From the most widely used languages and scripts, to the great religious communities, to the giant structures and the technological successes of the modern age -- this volume offers a fascinating overview of the records and achievements of civilization in their entirety and diversity.

More than 3000 color photographs taken by top photographers around the world celebrate the cultural and technological touchstones of human history. Ranking lists provide at-a-glance overviews while descriptive captions give substantial information on a number of topics. Concise text tells of the economic developments and population growth in our megacities, the pioneering work done in science and technology, and the remarkable innovations in the construction of museums, theaters, libraries and sports venues, among many other human achievements.

The book is set out in ten chapters, each covering dozens of topics laid out in double-page spreads filled with brilliant photographs of structures and technology.

  • Countries and Nations: biggest land masses, populations, industrial production, exports
  • Cities: biggest areas, infrastructures, capital buildings
  • Languages and Scripts: most widely spoken and written languages, most books published
  • Faith and Religion: biggest cathedrals, mosques and synagogues; most populous religions; longest or biggest pilgrimages; oldest ruins of past religions
  • Megastructures: biggest skyscrapers, palaces, towers and state buildings
  • Transportation and Traffic: Fastest trains, biggest and busiest train stations, longest bridges, longest freight trains, busiest ports and largest freight and passenger ships
  • Aviation and Space Travel: biggest planes - passenger and military; biggest space facilities and rockets; fastest aircraft; biggest airports by size and passenger count
  • Science and Research: biggest research labs and stations and observatories
  • Sports and Leisure: biggest sports stadiums
  • Art and Culture: biggest museums by size and number of artworks.

Fascinating browsing, essential reference, and a tremendous documentation of contemporary achievement, Terra Maxima is a unique compilation of the ultimate.

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Featured here are the biggest, smallest, tallest, longest, most important--in many categories of human-made creations. Captioned photos occupy every page--and most of the photos are full page or double-page spreads, with some smaller or thumbnail-size pictures tucked in. The contents are organized according to themes that include: countries and nations, languages and scripts, faith and religion (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism) cities and metropolises, towers, palaces, skyscrapers, road traffic, rail traffic, bridges and tunnels, aviation and space travel, and art and culture (buildings and museums), among others. The captions give the details. This is the English edition of a work originally published in German (2012: Verlag Wolfgang Kunth GmbH & Co. KG, Munich. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ontario :, Firefly Books,, 2013
Description: 576 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781770852426
Branch Call Number: 032.02 Ter
Additional Contributors: Kunth, Wolfgang


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