March 14, 2012, 1:29 pm

Eulogy for a Dinosaur

By Henry Woodbury

The venerable Encyclopedia Britannica has ceased print publication:

In an acknowledgment of the realities of the digital age — and of competition from the Web site Wikipedia — Encyclopaedia Britannica will focus primarily on its online encyclopedias and educational curriculum for schools. The last print version is the 32-volume 2010 edition, which weighs 129 pounds and includes new entries on global warming and the Human Genome Project.

Given the well-known collaborative editing model of Wikipedia, Gary Marchionini, the dean of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, makes an interesting claim about not only the competitive difference, but about the nature of knowledge itself:

The thing that you get from an encyclopedia is one of the best scholars in the world writing a description of that phenomenon or that object, but you’re still getting just one point of view. Anything worth discussing in life is worth getting more than one point of view.

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Comments

Me fascinó lo que han hecho, y quiero tener acceso a este mundo maravilloso de conocimiento en la forma en que lo presentan.

Posted by Stefan Carvajal on June 4, 2012 at 12:02 am  

Dinozorlar cok büyük ve zek? b?r hayvandir.

Posted by Kingspiele on December 10, 2012 at 4:43 pm  

Posted by gfd on July 6, 2013 at 3:10 pm  

I think the last print rendition is the 32-volume 2010 release, which weighs 129 pounds and incorporates new sections on an unnatural weather change and the Human Genome Project

Posted by China Electronics on March 22, 2014 at 6:47 am  

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