The world's oldest profession: indexing?
Author: Humphreys, Nancy K.
Source: The Indexer, Volume 29, Number 4, December 2011 , pp. 161-165(5)
Publisher: Society of Indexers
Abstract:A closer look at the 3,000-year-old I Ching, or Book of changes, from China, yields some surprising conclusions about the origins of indexing. This ancient book of hexagrams contains the world's oldest table of contents and index.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: December 1, 2011
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