January 21, 2011


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Something about the significance of encyclopedias can be understood from the fact that all major civilizations have set up their libraries or compiled a major encyclopedia. When civilizations fall they tend to lose their libraries and their encyclopedias aren't updated anymore.

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  • Chinese encyclopedia - "The origin of encyclopedias in China can be traced to the late Han dynasty, circa 220 CE." - Wikipedia
  • Encyclopædia Britannica - "The Britannica is the oldest English-language encyclopaedia still in print. It was first published between 1768 and 1771 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and grew in popularity and size..." - Wikipedia
  • Encyclopedia - "An encyclopedia (also spelled encyclopaedia or encyclopædia) is a type of reference work, a compendium holding a summary of information from either all branches of knowledge or a particular branch of knowledge." - Wikipedia
  • Encyclopédie - "...a general encyclopedia published in France between 1751 and 1772..." - "The Encyclopédie is famous above all for representing the thought of the Enlightenment. According to Denis Diderot in the article "Encyclopédie," the Encyclopédie's aim was "to change the way people think"." - Wikipedia
  • Jewish Encyclopedia - "The Jewish Encyclopedia was an encyclopedia originally published in New York between 1901 and 1906... It contained over 15,000 articles in 12 volumes on the history and then-current state of Judaism and the Jews as of 1901. It is now a public domain resource." - Wikipedia
  • Library of Alexandria - "The Royal Library of Alexandria, or Ancient Library of Alexandria, in Alexandria, Egypt, seems to have been the largest and most significant great library of the ancient world. It flourished under the patronage of the Ptolemaic dynasty and functioned as a major center of scholarship from its construction in the 3rd century BC until the Roman conquest of Egypt in 48 BC." - Wikipedia
  • Wikipedia - "Wikipedia is a free, web-based, collaborative, multilingual encyclopedia project..." - Wikipedia
  • * Eighth Wonder: The Library of Alexandria - "The Library of Alexandria is regarded as the eighth wonder of the ancient world and the first great library in Western history. The books on its shelves were the medium through which scientists, philosophers, poets, historians, and musicians of antiquity enriched human experience with their research and creativity." - by Andrew G. Jameson - 1:03:57


  • * The Lost Libraries of Timbuktu - "The story of Timbuktu and its long hidden legacy of thousands of ancient manuscripts. Aminatta Forna tells the story of legendary Timbuktu and its long hidden legacy of hundreds of thousands of ancient manuscripts." - 59 min

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