Mike's Reviews > The Man Who Made Lists: Love, Death, Madness, and the Creation of Roget's Thesaurus

The Man Who Made Lists by Joshua Kendall
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Nov 07, 2009

really liked it
Recommended for: Anyone
Read in September, 2008 , read count: 1

Today we usually know this man only from the fact that he published a book, still in print today, call "Roget's Thesaurus". That this man created this book is almost a given. He spent his entire life making lists. The thesaurus was just one facet of this habit (or compulsion).

He lived a rather interesting and colorful life. Mostly centered around scientists and scientific (or mathematic) endeavors. But his lasting contribution is in language/composition.

It's a story that takes a little-known figure and reminds us of where much of what is taken for granted comes from: the minds of extra-ordinary people from years past. Read it for yourself and be amazed.
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