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