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Book Review: 1001 Things You Didn’t Know You Wanted To Know by Anna Mantzaris

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1001 Things You Didn’t Know You Wanted To Know by Anna Mantzaris is an interesting book that contains a plethora of little known facts. Any reader’s  knowledge and perspective on the world can only be enhanced by reading this book.

Take some samples: Mantzaris cites the fact that polar bears walk more than 100,000 miles over a lifetime. Another little known fact is that Henry the Sixth was less than a year old when he became king of England in the year 1422.

Generally speaking, Albert Einstein is most known for his theories in theoretical physics and higher mathematics like ordinary differential equations. But did you know that Einstein was an accomplished violinist? Also, that the author Jack London was the first novelist to earn $1 million for his writing.

Mantzaris cites the leastly densely populated countries like Mongolia, Australia and Iceland. These places could be good retirement spots because a less densely populated area may mean less environmental pollution.

Did you know which of the oceans is the largest? The answer is the Pacific Ocean. Also, Asia is the largest continent according to the author. Did you know which fruit has many seeds? The answer is the strawberry with more than 200 seeds.

Well written and illustrated throughout, 1001 Things You Didn’t Know contains knowledge that can help provide interesting conversation points and a broader perspective for a wide audience. It is likely to be of particular interest to students, journalists, politicians and academicians.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.