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A Brief History of Encyclopaedias : From Pliny to Wikipedia - Andrew Brown

A Brief History of Encyclopaedias

From Pliny to Wikipedia

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Including topics such as Wikipedia's importance as a global phenomenon, this is a timely consideration of the roles of the guardians and editors of information throughout history


Encyclopedias have traditionally claimed to provide absolute knowledge, yet with information now among the world's most valuable commodities, this Brief History is a sensible deliberation on how accurate that claim can ever be. While the omissions and distortions of the Great Soviet Encyclopedia may seem easy enough to spot, those of—for example—the Britannica, the Universalis, or the Brockhaus may not be so widely known. Since the Middle Ages, rapid advancements in science have made all encyclopedias effectively obsolete virtually immediately as they are published, which begs the question: Is the encyclopedic project fundamentally flawed? Also discussing the impact online encyclopedias have had on the conundrum, this is a fascinating account of an unjustly neglected area of cultural history.

"Concise and elegant . . . Brown is witty . . . and his story . . . is full of splendid digressions." --"Guardian"

ISBN: 9781843919735
ISBN-10: 1843919737
Series: Brief Histories
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 30th September 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.4 x 12.6  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.15