Jack Lynch

You Could Look It Up: The Reference Shelf from Ancient Babylon to Wikipedia

Rutgers University-Newark English Professor Jack Lynch’s latest book is a playful, captivating look at the reference books that have shaped the way people see the world over the past few centuries.  In You Could Look It Up (Bloomsbury Press, February 2016), Lynch chronicles the stories and the people behind the great reference works, from the Code of Hammurabi, to the first atlas of the world, to the first dictionary, to Google. Lynch illuminates the human stories and accomplishments behind each, as well as their enduring impact on civilization, offering new insight into the value of knowledge.