The author of knowledge (1768)

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

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Just imagine, a book written by all the great minds and talented people of the past centuries and by the present prodigies, containing everything you need to know about almost any subject. Picture the magician and escape-artist Harry Houdini and the limitless Albert Einstein working on the same book. It seems a bit odd, but it did happen. The first edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica was published in Scotland on the 6th of December in 1768.

In the history of the encyclopaedia, hundreds of people contributed to the work, and that list kept growing rapidly. The subjects in the huge book are all about Sciences and Arts but vary a lot within these boundaries, which makes for interesting people from all different fields to work on the same project. The work is alphabetically ordered and the first copy consisted out of one hundred parts.

Wiki vs. Britannica
The Encyclopaedia kept publishing new issues, but eventually stopped selling these paper copies in 2012, making everything solely accessible on the internet.
The popular site Wikipedia is seen as the most direct opponent of the Encyclopaedia. According to a research by Nature, the Encyclopaedia is the most reliable of the two, but fact remains that the final printed edition of the Encyclopaedia has 65.000 articles and Wiki owns a stunning 4,3 million.

360 trivial fact
In contrast to the Encyclopaedia, Wikipedia has its own official theme song called 'Hotel Wikipedia', as a parody on The Eagles' 'Hotel California'.


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1990 The rebel of Poland

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2000 155 people killed in a cable car

1989 Word processing gets a huge impulse

1989 Tear down this wall!

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2000 Ingrid of Sweden; the beloved Queen of Denmark

1965 How to become president, born poor: Nixon is elected president

2014 Painting of Van Gogh sold for a record price

2008 Change has come to America

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1988 E.T. on home video

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2007 The giant multinational airliner

2003 Concorde makes its last commercial flight

2001 Music from your pocket

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1980 The media queen

1965 Beatles receive a gold record for ‘Yesterday’

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1923 Hello Mickey!

1987 The Great Storm hits France and England

1940 Happy birthday Sir Cliff!

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1919 KLM. The oldest airline in the world

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1962 007’s first movie mission

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1985 Space Shuttle Atlantis makes her maiden flight

1951 Every little thing he sings is magic. Happy birthday Sting!

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1968 Boeing's 747 is celebrating

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1944 Happy birthday Gordon Gekko!

1952 War between chicken and hamburger

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1958 The man who saved millions of lives

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