Sunday, August 07, 2005

Enclyclopedia Britannica: Evolving Knowledge

Since the first edition was published in 1768, some of the articles in the Encyclopedia Britannica have changed significantly, reflecting new knowledge and changing times.

Some examples:
California (the first edition was uncertain if California was "a penninsula or island")
Tobacco (the usage has changed somewhat since 1768)
Laughter (the causes)

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