Category: Encyclopédie

The Innocence of Wikipedians

Perhaps it is the innocence of Jimmy Whale,  Wikipedia’s founder, or perhaps it is an innocence shared by all the Wikipedia editors. Either way, Wikipedia is surrounded by a sweet optimism that is at odds with the reality of the actual articles. Yesterday the Financial …

The real drama of the Encyclopédie

Le roman vrai de l'Encyclopedie   I’ve been reading about the French Encyclopédie of Diderot and d’Alembert, in the lovely illustrated Gallimard Decouvertes volume authored by Francois Moureau, which he entitles Le roman vrai de l’Encyclopédie [ The real novel of the Encyclopedia], first published 1990). The book itself  rather …

Diderot’s Encyclopédie: his view of reference publishing

Every reference editor in the world dreams of writing the following entry. Lost in the middle of a vast multi-volume encyclopedia, who would notice such an innocent-seeming entry? But it reveals the circularity of so much reference publishing.

AGUAXIMA, (Hist. nat. bot.) plante du Brésil

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